What to Know
- Gunfire rang out on an M train in Brooklyn just after midnight on Christmas morning
- One man was shot three times in the back; he is expected to survive his wounds
- While overall subway crime is down this year, violent crimes are up, the MTA says
Christmas Day on New York City's subway system started with a violent attack, as a man was shot three times on a subway in Brooklyn just after midnight.
The assault happened on a Manhattan-bound M train approaching the Lorimer Street station, police said. It is still unclear what precipitated the attack.
The victim was hit in the back and taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries; no one else on the train was hurt.
While police are still looking for the suspect as of early Wednesday morning, they have not yet released a description.
While overall subway crime is down this year, violent crimes on the subway system are actually up, according to new data released earlier this month.
That includes double-digit increases in robbery, misdemeanor assaults and spitting, the MTA said.