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Attack on Brooklyn Subway: The police in New York identified a man they called a “person of interest”

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A man set off smoke grenades in a crowded subway car and then opened fire, on Tuesday, in New York. At least 23 people were injured, five of them critically. The police named a “person of interest.”

The police in New York identified, on Tuesday evening, a man they called a “person of interest” in the mass shooting on a crowded subway train in Brooklyn that leaded to the injury of nearly two dozen people.

The suspect, Frank R. James, age 62, had rented a U-Haul van in Philadelphia, the police said.

A key to the van was found in a collection of belongings on the train that they believed belonged to the gunman, including a Glock 9-millimeter handgun, three ammunition magazines, a hatchet, fireworks and a liquid believed to be gasoline, the authorities informed.

The police found the van abandoned on a street, late Tuesday afternoon, not far from Kings Highway station, where they say the gunman had gotten on the subway, and five miles from the 36th Street station, where the shooting unfolded.