A deranged gunman shot dead a 48-year-old Goldman Sachs employee “without provocation” on Sunday while the straphanger was riding a Manhattan subway for brunch, police officers said.
The gunman, who was still at large as of Sunday night, was seen pacing the last carriage of the northbound Q train around 11:42 a.m. before drawing a gun and opening fire on the unsuspecting victim opened, police and sources said.
“Totally coincidental,” a police source said.
The victim, identified as Daniel Enriquez, was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, police said.
“According to witnesses, the suspect walked back and forth in the same carriage and, without provocation, pulled out a gun and shot the victim at point-blank range as the trains [were] Crossing the Manhattan Bridge,” NYPD Department Chief Kenneth Corey said at a briefing.
As the train pulled into the Canal Street station, the shooter — described as a dark-skinned, muscular man with a beard — fled the station by running to Center Street, Corey said.
According to sources, the suspect was wearing a gray hoodie that said “Aeropostale.”
According to Corey, the shooter and the victim did not know each other. Nobody was injured on the train.
Enriquez, who lived in Park Slope, Brooklyn and worked at Goldman Sachs, was on the moving train as it crossed the Manhattan Bridge and approached the Canal Street station when he was gunned down, police officers said.
His sister told the Post that Enriquez, an employee at Goldman Sach, was on his way to brunch when he was mortally wounded.
Attempts at resuscitation were unsuccessful.
Disturbing video footage shows first responders frantically trying to revive the mortally wounded man as he lay on the floor of the tube car – and as they carried him off the station on a stretcher.
It’s unclear how many other people were in the train car at the time, but police sources said detectives spoke to at least five witnesses.
“Investigators are in possession of the MTA security video received from the station and are currently reviewing it” to try to identify and locate the shooter, Corey said.
“We pushed a lot of extra officers into the subway system,” Corey said. “We continue to do this to patrol this very extensive train system that we have and we will continue to do that.”
New York City Transit President Richard Davey offered his condolences to the family and said the agency was working with detectives to solve the crime.
In a statement, Tony Utano, president of Transit Workers’ Union Local 100, said the train’s crew were “shaken and traumatized” by the violent attack – “but they have handled the incident and its aftermath calmly and professionally.”
The train driver, Luis Irizarry, began giving chest compressions to the fatally wounded passenger, the union said.
Conductor Walstein Chapman said a crying straphanger told him about the shooting – and he immediately jumped in to calm other passengers.
“We did what we had to do,” Chapman said in a union statement. “My heart is still racing, but I had to do what I had to do.”
The shooting is just the latest outbreak of transit violence in the Big Apple, which has seen a spike in subway attacks in recent months.
Police say the incident is the fourth transit homicide this year, the same number as this time last year.
“Unfortunately, this isn’t such a surprising situation,” said a visitor from San Francisco while waiting for an Uptown train at the Canal Street station on Sunday.
“It’s definitely concerning,” said the tourist, who asked to be identified as just Eric. “But it’s also one of those things where, like, I’m from a big city and it’s just a big city thing.”
However, a local straphanger has surrendered to the city’s crime tide.
“It doesn’t happen all the time,” Brooklyn resident Bill Taylor said at the Canal Street station.
“Things happen, but you can’t let that put you off,” said Taylor, 27. “You could go outside and get hit by a car. It’s just one of those things.”
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