Man in critical condition after being shot in head at Brooklyn subway station, NYPD says

A man was shot in the head with his own gun inside the Hoyt-Schermerhorn subway station on Thursday after an altercation with another rider, who was later taken into custody, police said.

The shooting occurred inside a northbound A train around 4:50 p.m., when two men – a 32-year-old and a 36-year-old – became involved in a physical confrontation, police said. The victim was in surgery on Thursday evening, according to the NYPD, in critical condition.

The 32-year-old man boarded the A train at Nostrand Avenue when the 36-year-old man, who was already on the train, began arguing with him, according to NYPD Chief of Transit Michael Kemper. Police said the two men did not know each other.

The altercation became physical, and the older man displayed a knife or razor blade, authorities said. The train was still moving when the 36-year-old man pulled out a gun, Kemper said. As the train approached the Hoyt-Schermerhorn station, the 32-year-old wrestled it from him and shot the 36-year-old “more than once,” Kemper said.

“The victim appears to be the aggressor,” MTA Chairman Janno Lieber said at a news conference on Thursday. “Get rid of the guns.”

Police officers were at the station as the shots rang out and responded immediately, officials said. Authorities said the apparent shooter was apprehended before ever exiting the train platform.

There are 34 cameras at the station, Lieber said. But none were inside the train car, according to Kemper.

Lieber said trains were running in both directions, but bypassing the station.

ABC reporter Joyce Philippe told Gothamist she was riding the train when it stopped at the platform and people flooded the car, screaming that someone had a gun.

“People were fearful, not necessarily understanding whether the danger was inside of the train, inside of our specific car or just out on the platform. But where we were on the train, there was nowhere to go and it was a very fearful moment,” she said.

A video Philippe posted on X shows a train car packed with people crouching on the ground. Some were covering their heads.

“People were crying, praying, huddled amongst each other, hoping that the situation would lead to someone being caught and not the worst case scenario,” she said.

Lourdes Perez, 64, was also aboard the train in a neighboring car when she heard around five gunshots, which she said were followed by moments of confusion and chaos.

“I get off the train. I see a lot of police come inside,” she said. “So they say ‘He’s there, he’s there.’”

Perez said she then watched police arrest a man. She was left feeling shaken.

“Nervous. So nervous. I’m still nervous. Now I have to go back. I don’t know. We’re so nervous. Because it was next to me,” she said.

The shooting comes a week after Gov. Kathy Hochul deployed 750 National Guard members and 250 state police into the subway system in response to concerns about crime. There have been three murders in the subway system this year.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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