Straphangers stumble from a smoke-filled train at 36th Street station in Brooklyn on April 12.Will B. Wylde via Twitter
The alleged Brooklyn subway gunman who terrorized commuters on an N-train in Manhattan at 36th Street station on April 12 has been charged by a federal grand jury with terrorism and gun violence. A Brooklyn grand jury on May 6 formalized the charges against Frank James, who is accused of injuring 23, including 10 who suffered gunshot wounds, in the mass shooting. † On his arraignment – a date the FBI says has not yet been set – he will be charged with, among other things, terrorism in public transport, with the prospect of life behind bars, according to prosecutors. James reportedly boarded the Manhattan-bound N train on Kings Highway early Tuesday morning, and when the train pulled into the 36th Street station just before 8:30 a.m., he donned a gas mask, took out of his bag buses that reeked of the subway. , and fired 33 shots at straphangers. Dramatic footage of the scene showed smoke from the train car as coughing passengers rushed out and injured commuters stumbled onto the platform, bloodstained on the floor. Authorities later said James got off the train with his victims and boarded an R train that was traveling in the opposite direction alongside some of his victims. He apparently drove it one stop north to 25th Street station, where it slipped and slipped from the underground public transit system, according to James Essig, chief of detectives for the NYPD.
The police handcuffed James , 62, in the East Village after more than 30 hours of manhunt. If James is convicted of “count one” (terrorist attack and other violence against a mass transportation system and vehicles carrying passengers and employees), James could face a maximum sentence of life in prison, according to the indictment. If convicted of “count two” (firing a firearm during a violent crime), he faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison. The jury charged Friday that James “willfully and without lawful authority and consent committed and attempted to commit any act, including the use of a dangerous weapon, with intent to cause death and serious bodily injury to one or more persons. ” Further, the jury argues that James — who was born in New York City but more recently lived in Philadelphia and Milwaukee — crossed state lines to commit the crime. Additional reporting by Kevin Duggan