A concerned man who railed against Mayor Adams and made bizarre threats on YouTube has been identified as a person of interest in the brutal Brooklyn subway attack that injured at least 23 people Tuesday morning, officials said.
Frank James – who last month warned he was “entering the danger zone” – rented a U-Haul van linked to the Sunset Park N-Train attack and is wanted for questioning. This was announced by the police at a briefing in the evening.
“Mr. Mayor, I am a victim of your mental health program,” James said in a lengthy video.
“I am now 63 years old, full of hate, full of anger and full of bitterness.”
He also criticized the mayor for not doing more to address homelessness.
“Eric Adams, Eric Adams: What are you doing bro? What happened to this homeless situation,” he said, referring to the subway. “Every car I went to was full of homeless people. It was so bad I couldn’t even stand. I had to switch from car to car.”
The NYPD said they were increasing security for Mayor Adams after police discovered the videos.
James said in the videos that he had been diagnosed with a mental illness and railed against what he called a “horror show” by the city’s mental health services.
“What’s going on in this place is violence,” he said of a facility he was allegedly receiving care from. “Not physical violence,” he explained, “but the kind of violence that a kid experiences in elementary school … that would make him want to get a gun and shoot moms.”
The person of interest railed against racial issues and claimed that the Russian invasion of Ukraine was proof that black people were treated with contempt in society.
“Those white motherfu-ers, that’s what they do,” he said. “At the end of the day, they kill and commit genocide against each other. What do you think they’re going to do with your black ass?”
In his rambling conspiracy theory, James claimed that the ongoing conflict in Europe would be followed by a race war.
“It’s only a matter of time before these white moms decide, ‘Hey, listen. Enough is enough. These Ni-ers have to go,’” he said.
“And what are you up to? you will fight And guess what? You will die. Cause unlike President [Zelensky] Over in Ukraine nobody stands behind you. The whole world is against you. And you’re against your fucking self. So why would you be alive again is the damn question. Why would a Ni–er live on this planet? Also for picking cotton or chopping sugar cane or tobacco.”
The only way James could find it, he claimed, was to engage in more violence or become a criminal.
“And so the message to me is, I should have gotten a gun and just started shooting moms,” he said.
“Or I should’ve gotten some dope and started shooting or banging bits in the head, robbing old ladies, you know what the fuck that is.”
The key to James’ van was found at the scene, as was a credit card used to rent the vehicle from Philadelphia, police and law enforcement sources said.
Cops believe James lived outside the U-Haul van because his clothes and toiletries were inside.
It was unclear if James was the suspected shooter, the department said.
Authorities said 10 of the injured commuters were injured by gunfire.
The gunman was on the run for hours before police uncovered a key lead: the van, which had Arizona license plates and was located on West Third Street near the Kings Highway late Tuesday afternoon, sources said.
Police have launched a massive manhunt for the shooter, revealing that surveillance cameras at the Sunset Park subway station were not working at the time of the attack. Law enforcement sources told the Post that the cameras tend to go off “from time to time.”
NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said at an earlier press conference that the suspect was a 5ft 5 tall black man with a heavy build of about 170 pounds. He was at the time wearing a gas mask, an orange and green construction vest, a neon green hard hat, and a gray hooded sweatshirt.
During an evening press conference, Sewell said that among items recovered by police at the scene were a 9mm handgun, a hatchet, gasoline and “consumer fireworks.”
At least one witness said she mistook the attacker for an MTA employee.
In an email earlier in the day to the entire police patrol, officers were ordered to keep an eye out for the U-Haul and note its location and number plates.
Anyone with information about the shooting should call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or log on to the CrimeStoppers website.
https://nypost.com/2022/04/12/frank-r-james-idd-as-person-of-interest-in-brooklyn-subway-shooting/ Frank R. James has been identified as a person of interest in the Brooklyn subway shootings