NJ Transit, police departments step up security after mass shooting in NYC subway
Transit agencies and some police departments stepped up security on Tuesday after a shooting in Brooklyn left 10 injured at the Sunset Park subway station.
NJ Transit and PATH officials said they were taking precautions Tuesday night because the suspect was still at large.
“Immediately following today’s incident, the Port Authority strengthened its security posture across all facilities, including a large increase in specialist tactical resources, counter-terrorism teams and K9 patrol units. “said Scott Ladd, a spokesperson for PATH. “Police and security presence will remain high based on the current threat level, and the general public should expect to see an increased security presence at all Port Authority facilities.”
In addition, Jersey City police sent out an alert to residents saying they had beefed up their presence around city PATH stations until a suspect was apprehended in the Brooklyn attack.
NJ Transit officials took similar action and advised passengers to report anything suspicious to the agency’s police department at 1-888-TIPS-NJT or by text to NJTPD (65873).
“The New Jersey Transit Police is aware of the incident in Brooklyn and continues to coordinate intelligence efforts with federal, state and regional law enforcement partners to secure the transit system. of New Jersey,” said agency spokesman Jim Smith. “We encourage our customers to remain aware of their surroundings and to be the eyes and ears of law enforcement – If you see something, say something.”
On Tuesday evening, New York police recovered a gun and a credit card from the subway station, believed to belong to a person of interest, the Associated Press reported.