Victims of shooting on the New York subway, including children, are slowly recovering after the attack on the Brooklyn train

NEW YORK — Seven people were hospitalized Wednesday morning after a gunman opened fire on a New York City subway train.

Ten people were injured by gunfire and at least a dozen injured in Tuesday’s attack in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood. Investigators believe 62-year-old Frank R. James, the suspected gunman, fired smoke grenades in a crowded subway car and then fired at least 33 shots with a 9mm handgun, police said.

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While all of the gunshot victims are expected to survive, five had suffered serious injuries and are now facing a long recovery.

Some of the passengers injured during the attack were children and young adults attending classes, including a 16-year-old boy who was shot in the leg and hand.

“It was a pretty devastating thumb injury and it destroyed a lot of the bone, joint, tendon and nerve,” said hand surgeon Jack Choueka. “We were able to save the thumb. He’s alive and he needs one more surgery.”

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said she spoke to the 16-year-old’s mother and described the moment she learned of her son’s injuries.

“His mother doesn’t speak English. She is Chinese,” Hochul said. “She is there alone and it was so sad to hear her fear through a translator. All she has is her son.”

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An 18-year-old man on his way to class at the Borough of Manhattan Community College remains hospitalized after being shot in the leg. Maimonides Hospital officials said it took in a 12-year-old patient who has since been discharged.

Speaking to our sister station WABC from his hospital bed, shooting victim Hourari Benkada detailed his attempt to help a pregnant woman escape before he was shot in the leg.

“All you see is smoke … and then people charging to the rear,” he said. “This pregnant woman was in front of me, I tried to help her. I didn’t know at first that there were gunshots. I just thought it was a black smoke bomb. She said, ‘I’m pregnant with a baby! ‘ I hugged her and then the bum onslaught continued. I was pushed and then shot in the back of my knee.

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Survivors also share stories of how they helped fellow commuters when the 36th Street train platform and an approaching R train were turned into a makeshift triage facility.

Claire Tunkel told WABC she sacrificed her jacket to keep a man’s leg from bleeding.

“I took my jacket off because the closest thing I could get was wrapping it around his leg,” she said. “I pulled out a grocery bag, a grocery bag, and tried to tear it apart to help another person. Just… I don’t know, in that moment I felt like there was something I could do to help, which it was.”

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