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A masked gunman is being hunted through subway tunnels after shooting eight people and injuring 13 in total in a busy New York City station.
Firefighters found bloodied bodies and undetonated devices while responding to reports of smoke at around 8.30am local time today (April 12), at the 36th Street station in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
Authorities have not confirm the exact number of people who were shot, but did state that 13 people were injured in total, with eight of those reportedly being shot.
The suspect, who was wearing a gas mask and orange construction vest when he opened fire, is thought to still be on the loose after he reportedly jumped on the train tracks and fled – with an amber alert being issued across the entire city.
Photos from the scene shows bodies strewn along the platform and smoke emanating from a subway carriage.
A bystander video shows people lying on the platform amid what appeared to be small puddles of blood, as a loudspeaker announcement told everyone to get on a train.
Outside the station, a police officer yelled: "Let's go! Get out of the way".
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NYPD News tweeted: "Due to an investigation, avoid the area of 36th Street and 4th Avenue area in Brooklyn. Expect emergency vehicles and delays in the surrounding area.
"In regard to the multiple people shot at the 36th Street subway station in Brooklyn, there are NO active explosive devices at this time.
"Any witnesses are asked to call @NYPDTips at #800577TIPS. Please stay clear of the area. More provided information when available."
They added that delays and emergency vehicles are expected in the area.
Witnesses claim the gunman was wearing a gas mask and an orange construction vest, with the shooter said to be at least 5ft 5ins tall and weighing 170lbs.
The man was spotted throwing a device in the Brooklyn subway station and then opened fire, police told NBC New York.
Eyewitness Sam Carcamo told radio station 1010 WIN that he saw a gigantic billow of smoke pouring out of the train once the door opened.
"My subway door opened into calamity. It was smoke and blood and people screaming", he said.
Photos from the scene showed people tending to those who had been injured and were lying on the floor.
The Metropolitan Transit Authority says they are also investigating the incident and that several train services are not moving in either direction.
The New York City Fire Department said they have found "several undetonated devices at same location."
A video posted on the Citizen app shows a heavy presence of law enforcement in the area, including at Grand Central Station.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul said she has been briefed and will work with law enforcement on the investigation.
US President Joe Biden has also been briefed on the developments and senior staff are in contact with New York's mayor, Eric Adams.
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