Local transit agencies on alert after subway shooting – CBS San Francisco


SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — San Francisco Bay Area transit agencies were on high alert Tuesday after a gunman shot several people on a New York City subway platform.

The shooting occurred at the 36th Street station around 8:34 a.m. Eastern time after a man wearing a gas mask and work vest set off a smoke grenade into a subway train at his arrival at the station. He then opened fire, hitting 10 subway users and wounding 16 in total.

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New York authorities said they were still looking for the shooter hours later. While they didn’t call the attack a terrorism, they didn’t rule it out either.

After the shooting, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) announced that its police force was on high alert, patrolling stations and trains. Police Chief Ed Alvarez released this statement:

“BART police are in direct contact with federal authorities and at this time there are no credible threats to California. Nonetheless, BART Police will continue to conduct high-visibility patrols on trains and stations and will use our system of over 4,000 cameras to monitor the system. Passengers are encouraged to report any suspicious activity. Call BART Police Dispatch: 510-464-7000 or download the free BART Watch app available on the App Store and Google Play to report with your smartphone.

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Police reported activity in downtown San Francisco – someone was to be pulled from the tracks between Montgomery and Embarcadero stations just a little after 9 a.m.

While the TSA has not reported any warnings or credible threats to public transit in the Bay Area, the San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority (SFMTA or Muni) has reported that it is also monitoring the situation.

“We are devastated to hear the news and our hearts go out to our transit colleagues in New York and everyone affected. We are working with the SFPD and monitoring the situation locally,” a Muni spokesperson said.

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