NEW YORK — Tragedy struck on Monday during the evening rush hour at a New York City subway station when a shooting incident left one person dead and five others wounded.
The gunfire erupted at around 4:30 p.m. on an elevated train platform in the Bronx, a bustling time when students are returning home from school and commuters are starting their evening journeys.
Eyewitness Efrain Feliciano, 61, described the terrifying moment: "The train was approaching, and two kids were yelling. Suddenly, there were at least six shots. I witnessed sparks as the bullets hit the wall. A woman holding a child was screaming."
Television news helicopters captured footage of a halted subway train at the station, with orange evidence cones marking the crime scene. The incident took place three stops north of Yankee Stadium. Trains continued to run through the station on an express track, while police conducted their investigation.
In recent years, concerns about violence in the subway system have been on the rise due to several incidents. However, it is important to note that overall crime rates in New York City have significantly dropped since the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Compared to 2022, the number of citywide shootings decreased by 39% last year. Additionally, killings within the subway system also reduced from 10 to 5 during the same period.