A 48-year-old Goldman Sachs employee was shot and killed aboard an NYC subway car in what police are calling an “unprovoked” attack. The shooter — who has been described as a “dark-skinned, heavyset” man — has yet to be apprehended as of Monday afternoon.
The shooter was reportedly seen pacing back and forth in an NYC subway car before randomly firing at a passenger, killing him. The victim, identified as Daniel Enriquez, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, police said.
Completely random,” an NYPD spokesman said at a press conference.
“According to witnesses, the suspect was walking back and forth in the same train car and, without provocation, pulled out a gun and fired at the victim at close range as the trains [were] crossing the Manhattan Bridge,” NYPD Chief of Department Kenneth Corey said at a briefing.
The shooting took place as the subway car pulled into NYC’s Canal Street Station. The train’s operator, as well as responding EMS attempted to revive the victim but were unsuccessful.
NYPD officials have since released an image of the man believed to be the suspect. Police are searching for a black male who was wearing a dark-colored jacket, white mask and light-colored pants.
We need all eyes on this.@NYPDDetectives need your help identifying & locating this man who is wanted for homicide in the tragic, senseless shooting of a man on a “Q” train that was approaching the Canal/Centre St. station on Sunday.
— Commissioner Sewell (@NYPDPC) May 23, 2022
“We pushed a lot of additional officers down into the subway system,” the chief added on Sunday. “We continue to do that to patrol this very extensive train system that we have and we’re going to continue doing that.”
The shooting is just the latest act of violence on the NYC subway system. April was a particularly bloody month after Frank James, a black nationalist, wounded 10 in an indiscriminate attack.
Enriquez became the fourth person to be murdered aboard an NYC subway car since January. Other subway homicide victims include Michelle Go, who was shoved onto the tracks by a homeless man on Jan. 15.
Felony subway crime increased by 53% last month compared to April 2021, according to NYPD statistics. Ridership also increased by 56% over the same time period, however, total felonies and felony assaults both dropped in April when compared with the previous month.