Fatal shooting marks fourth subway homicide in 2022: NYPD

Sunday’s gruesome murder of a Q train passenger marked the fourth subway homicide of the year, the NYPD said – heightening fears in the Big Apple just a month after the mass shooting that left 10 injured Gunshot.

Police say a total of four people have been killed on trains or at stations since January 1, including the 48-year-old shot dead in a seemingly random act of violence as his train crossed the Manhattan Bridge .

Subway crime rates have skyrocketed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic – from 1.47 crimes per million riders in 2019 to 2.11 crimes per million riders in April 2022, according to the latest figures from NYPD and MTA.

April marked a particularly bloody month for New York commuters thanks to Frank James, who allegedly fired dozens of shots on an N train in Brooklyn. Ten people were injured by bullets and several others by smoke inhalation during the April 12 rampage.

Subway crime rates have skyrocketed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, from 1.47 crimes per million riders in 2019 to 2.11 crimes per million riders in April 2022.
Metro crime rates have skyrocketed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic – from 1.47 crimes per million riders in 2019 to 2.11 crimes per million riders in April 2022.
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Other subway homicide victims include Michelle Go, who was pushed onto the tracks by a deranged vagrant on January 15.

Criminal crime in the subway increased 53% last month compared to April 2021, according to NYPD statistics released Friday.

Ridership, however, has increased by 56% over the same period – and the total number of crimes and criminal assaults both fell in April 2022 compared to the previous month.

Suspected mass shooter Frank James is driven out of the 9th Precinct by the NYPD and FBI after being arrested in Southeast Manhattan.
Suspected mass shooter Frank James is driven out of the 9th Precinct by the NYPD and FBI after being arrested in Southeast Manhattan.
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NYPD and FDNY at the scene after a person was pushed under a southbound R train in Times Square.
NYPD and FDNY at the scene after a person was pushed under a southbound R train in Times Square.
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MTA CEO Janno Lieber warned that April’s crime statistics could be skewed by the high-profile mass shootings, and said Mayor Eric Adams’ efforts to increase subway patrols were helping to reduce criminality.

“City Hall has embraced the idea that the cops need to be on the platforms and on the trains,” Lieber said during an April 28 appearance on NY1.

“Not all crime can be stopped in life, but there is no doubt that the visible presence of officers deters crime.”

The 2nd suspect who allegedly pushed a person in front of the southbound R train is taken into custody.
The 2nd suspect who allegedly pushed a person in front of the southbound R train is taken into custody.
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People attend a vigil for Michelle Go, who was pushed past an oncoming train car on the Times Square subway.
People attend a vigil for Michelle Go, who was pushed past an oncoming train car on the Times Square subway.
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The MTA referred The Post to Lieber’s interview in response to a request for comment.

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