Shooting Near Penn Station In New York City Leaves Several People Injured
One person was killed and two were injured in a shooting near Penn Station in New York City around 6 a.m. Monday, police told the Associated Press. No arrests have been made yet. The two injured people were taken to Bellevue Hospital in serious condition, but police said that their injuries — one person was shot in the stomach and the other in the leg — were not life-threatening, according to Reuters.
Police said the shooting began near a subway station entrance at the intersection of West 35th Street and Eighth Avenue, about a block away from Penn Station, the busy hub where many subway, bus, and Amtrak routes meet. Police are not sure what the cause of the shooting was, but they believe it may have started on the street and then continued into the subway station, according to the AP. Police told ABC affiliate WABC-TV they are looking for a silver vehicle that fled north on Eighth Avenue in connection with the shooting. Police said there were up to three suspects inside.
NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce told WABC-TV that a heavyset man in a black hoodie approached several men sitting at a McDonald's and spoke to them briefly. The men then went into the subway station. The man in the black hoodie followed them and opened fire at the bottom of the steps, according to WABC-TV.
Two men who attended the West Midtown Medical Group's methadone program told the AP that they knew the man who was killed and one of the men who was injured; they said both of the men had been receiving treatment at the clinic for years. Michael Gessow, who lives in the Bronx, told the AP that he has been coming to the clinic for 10 years, but that nothing like the shooting has ever happened:
This kind of thing doesn't happen over here. There's a group of us here that don't let things like this go down here. They were real nice guys, straight guys. I can't believe it.
Police said that they could not confirm whether two of the victims were actually patients at the methadone clinic, and none of the clinic staff issued any comment. West 35th Street and the subway entrance on the southeast corner were closed off, but patrons could enter from Eighth Avenue, according to the AP.