The MTA’s top boss expressed every parent’s fear on Monday when he revealed his children ride the subway line that endured an unprovoked shooting over the weekend that killed a Goldman Sachs employee.
“The train that was involved in this shoot, the Q, is one that I’ve driven for 25 years. It is a train that my children use regularly and frequently. They’re all in college now, but they’re coming back from Manhattan at midnight, 1 a.m. It’s always felt safe,” MTA CEO Janno Lieber said during a committee meeting as he held up a wanted poster for the suspect who shot Daniel Enriquez.
“For so many New Yorkers, the transit system is the only way to get around and go about their normal lives. You can’t do that if you’re afraid to get up and go to brunch on a Sunday morning for fear of being attacked.”
Enriquez, 48, was en route to brunch on a northbound Q train around 11:42 a.m. Sunday when an unidentified suspect, who had been pacing the carriage, suddenly pulled out a gun and shot at point-blank range Subway fired crossed the Manhattan Bridge.
As the train pulled into the Canal Street station, train driver Luis Irizarry tried to revive Enriquez, but he could not be saved. Shortly thereafter, he was pronounced dead at Bellevue Hospital.
Police officers want to speak to a 25-year-old Brooklyn man who is believed to be a person of interest in the killing, law enforcement sources said.
In the meantime, they have released surveillance footage of the apparent suspect and asked the public to report any information they might have.
“Do what the police say. There’s someone who knows that person by their clothes, by their pattern,” Lieber said.
“If you know anything about this person who appears to have committed this horrific crime, please help the police and help get New York back to normal.”
Lieber called the Q line “iconic” for its spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline and called the killing “an incredible setback” in the Big Apple’s effort to return to normal.
“Last week we celebrated record rider numbers in the MTA system,” said Lieber.
“And indeed, before yesterday we started seeing statistics that suggest even subway crime is headed in the right direction. That’s all before yesterday’s senseless shooting.”
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