Apr 14, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Suspected Brooklyn subway shooter ordered held without bail

Police escorting suspected subway shooter Frank James into a car in New York City on April 13.
Police escorting suspected subway shooter Frank James into a car in New York City on April 13. Photo: John Lamparski/Getty Images

The man charged in Tuesday's subway attack in Brooklyn has been ordered held without bail, according to AP.

Why it matters: Frank R. James was arrested Wednesday and charged with committing a terrorist act on mass transit. If convicted, he could receive a sentence of life in prison.

  • James, 62, allegedly put on a gas mask and released a smoke canister in a subway train before firing 33 times at passengers and people on the platform, striking at least 10 people.
  • At least five victims were in critical but stable conditions after the attack, while in total 23 were injured.

What they're saying: "The defendant terrifyingly opened fire on passengers on a crowded subway train, interrupting their morning commute in a way the city hasn’t seen in more than 20 years," assistant U.S. attorney Sara K. Winik said in court proceedings Thursday, according to AP.

  • "The defendant’s attack was premeditated, was carefully planned, and it caused terror among the victims and our entire city," Winik added.

The big picture: After his arrest, officials did not comment on the motive behind the shooting, saying that an investigation into the matter is still ongoing.

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