NYC Subway Shooting: Brooklyn District Attorney Will Not File Charges

by Vern Evans
A NYC subway platform like this one is where violence occurred last Thursday in Brooklyn Andre Benz/Unsplash Photo

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In follow-up to Jennifer Sensiba’s op-ed yesterday, “New Yorkers Sure Didn’t Get Much Safety For Their Lost 4A Rights,” here’s a little follow-up to the story, and coming from New York City, some may actually find it surprising.

Following a recent incident that unfolded on a New York City subway, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office has announced that it will not press charges against a man who shot another during a confrontation, citing self-defense as the basis for their decision, CNN has reported. The alarming incident, which occurred on a crowded subway train during rush hour, has captured widespread attention, especially due to the disturbing nature of the events captured in videos shared online.

The altercation took place on a northbound A train in Brooklyn around the late afternoon last Thursday, involving two men, aged 32 and 36, as reported by the New York Police Department (NYPD) and viewed in footage examined by CNN. Witnesses aboard the train observed a violent exchange between the two, culminating in a tense moment where the older man produced a firearm. Panic ensued among passengers, with attempts to escape the immediate vicinity of the altercation as the dispute escalated.

The chaos reached a peak when, after the intervention of a bystander and subsequent renewed physical conflict, the younger man managed to disarm his opponent and used the weapon against him, resulting in a critical head injury. Authorities quickly responded to the scene at the Hoyt-Schermerhorn station, near downtown Brooklyn, where the shooter was apprehended and the victim was transported to a hospital in critical condition.

Oren Yaniv, speaking for the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, expressed the disturbing nature of the event but highlighted the current evidence pointing towards self-defense, which precludes the filing of criminal charges against the individual who fired the gun. This decision comes amidst ongoing investigations into the precise circumstances surrounding the shooting, as officials work to fully understand the sequence of events that led to the outcome.

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