The suspected Brooklyn subway gunman has pleaded not guilty to carrying out one of the worst terrorist attacks on New York’s transit system after a horrific mass shooting last month killed 10 commuters and injured more than a dozen others.
Frank James appeared in federal court in Brooklyn on Friday, where he pleaded not guilty to two counts of carrying out a terrorist attack on a mass transit system and disposing of a firearm during a violent crime.
Dressed in khaki prison garb, the 62-year-old responded to District Judge William Kuntz’s questions, telling him he was “pretty good” when asked how he was doing.
He is being held without bond at the Brooklyn Detention Center and his legal team has not yet filed for bail.
The 62-year-old is accused of carrying out the April 12 mass shooting on a subway in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood.
He allegedly wore a gas mask on a packed N train heading north toward Manhattan during the morning rush hour and opened a gas canister to fill the car with smoke.
The suspect then opened fire on passengers in the car as the train pulled into the 36 Street station.
Ten people were shot dead and around 20 others injured in the horror attack, with all victims miraculously surviving.
A massive manhunt was launched to track down the suspect, with Mr James evading capture for around 30 hours.
He was eventually arrested the following day in Manhattan’s East Village after he himself called CrimeStoppers and informed police of his whereabouts.
A motive for the attack remains unclear, but disturbing YouTube videos show Mr James ranting about New York Mayor Eric Adams, the subway system and its mental health system.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/crime/frank-james-brooklyn-subway-shooter-plea-b2078755.html Frank James: The Brooklyn subway bomber has pleaded not guilty to carrying out the New York terror attack