The investigation continues following the shooting death of a 15-year-old on a subway train in Queens on Friday afternoon.
Police say an argument between two groups that started on the street spilled onto the train. It then escalated and at some point, before the A train pulled into the Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue station, someone opened fire.
The shooting marked an especially dangerous month for MTA commuters. There have now been four deaths in transit in the last two weeks, from stabbings to shootings, CBS2’s Alecia Reid reported.
During rush hour, a heated argument on the southbound train turned deadly.
“He’s only 15,” Far Rockaway resident Ray Jay Durand said of the victim.
Police say someone pulled out a gun and shot the teenager once in the chest. It isn’t clear if the two groups knew each other.
“Whether this had any gang or crew nexus to it, that is an avenue that will be explored,” NYPD Chief of Transit Jason Wilcox said.
The boy was taken off the train by a good Samaritan when it pulled into the Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue station. Two officers on patrol immediately administered first aid. He later died at the hospital, Reid reported.
“It’s like too much,” Far Rockaway resident Ricardo Rankisson said of the gun violence plaguing the city.
“It’s just horrible, horrible,” added Charlton D’Souza of the group Passengers United.
It was the eighth homicide to happen in the MTA system this year. All of the suspects in the previous seven killings have been arrested. Right now, straphangers are on edge.
“I take the train and you never know. It could happen to me. It could happen to anyone,” Far Rockaway resident Aaliyah Polanco said.
As the investigation continues, authorities say they are interviewing witnesses and checking every piece of surveillance footage.
“We’re downloading video now to try and figure out who this perpetrator was,” said Richard Davey, president of NYC Transit.