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Consulate: Shooting in New York: Indian Consulate General says it is monitoring the situation

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NEW YORK: The Indian Consulate General in New York is monitoring the horrific shooting at a Brooklyn subway station and is in contact with local authorities.
Consul General Randhir Jaiswal told PTI that the consulate is monitoring the situation and “we are in contact with the authorities.”
Later, there was also a tweet from the consulate in which he read, “Deeply disturbed by the horrific shooting in Brooklyn today. We are in contact with local authorities. Our prayers and thoughts are with those injured.”
Law enforcement authorities are investigating a horrific shooting incident at a New York City subway station during the morning rush hour on Tuesday in which ‘several people’ were shot and smoke was seen from the station.
The New York Police Department tweeted that “in regards to the multiple people shot dead at the 36th Street Subway Station in Brooklyn, there are NO active explosive devices at this time.”
Police are asking witnesses to call law enforcement for any information and are advising people to stay away from the area.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul said in a tweet, “I have been briefed on the evolving situation in Brooklyn. First responders are on scene & we will be working with @MTA & @NYPDnews to provide updates. updated as the investigation continues.”
Mayor Eric Adams continues to be briefed on the situation and his office said that “while we gather more information, we ask New Yorkers to stay away from this area for their safety and that first responders can assist those in need and investigate.”
The New York Times said in a report that according to the New York City Fire Department, 13 people were injured, including several who were shot.
“Police were looking for a man with a gas mask and an orange construction vest,” the NYT report said, adding “they also received reports of smoke inside the station.” According to media reports, the suspect was also carrying construction tools.
Officers were called to the 36th Street subway station around 8:30 a.m., according to a police department spokeswoman.
The New York Daily News said in a report that a “gunman wearing a gas mask and an orange work vest threw a smoke bomb into a crowded southbound R train, then opened fire on the passengers early Tuesday, “shooting five people and wounding eight others.”
The New York Daily News added that around 8:30 a.m. at the 25th St. station in Sunset Park, the suspect threw several smoke bombs into a train car as the subway doors closed and began firing.
As the train reached the 36th Street stop and the train doors opened, the injured commuters exited the train “collapsed on the platform”.
Video footage of the incident posted on social media showed commuters exiting the train in a panic and running as the station was engulfed in smoke.
The New York Daily News report added that witnesses reported seeing injured people, all adults, exiting the 36th and 25th Street stations.
“I was walking to the 36th Street station in Brooklyn when a young man who was bleeding from his legs said people were hurt and bleeding,” witness Conrad Aderer said in the report.