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People outside a subway car in the Brooklyn borough of New York after a gunman filled a rush-hour subway train with smoke and shot multiple people. Photo: Will B Wylde

People outside a subway car in the Brooklyn borough of New York after a gunman filled a rush-hour subway train with smoke and shot multiple people. Photo: Will B Wylde

Police and emergency responders gather at the site of a reported shooting in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Photo: Spencer Platt

Police and emergency responders gather at the site of a reported shooting in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Photo: Spencer Platt

Emergency personnel work at the scene of a shooting at a subway station in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Photo: REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Emergency personnel work at the scene of a shooting at a subway station in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Photo: REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

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People outside a subway car in the Brooklyn borough of New York after a gunman filled a rush-hour subway train with smoke and shot multiple people. Photo: Will B Wylde

New York police were last night searching for a gunman after 13 people were injured in a shooting that erupted on a subway platform during yesterday morning’s rush hour.

At least eight of the victims sustained wounds from gunfire, a fire department spokesperson said.

Officers received a 911 call to the 36th Street subway station near 4th Avenue in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighbourhood just before 8.30am, a police spokeswoman said.

Fire officials, responding to reports of smoke, arrived on the scene to find multiple injured victims as well as several undetonated devices in the area, according to a New York Fire Department spokesperson.

Sunset Park, the site of the shooting, has long been a hub for working-class immigrant communities and is considered one of the city’s most diverse neighbourhoods.

The 4th Avenue subway station is at the core of the neighbourhood’s Latin American community, made up largely of Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Central Americans and Ecuadorans. It is also a major transfer station for commuters across Brooklyn.

A witness who was inside the station when shots rang out described confusion and panic. Juliana Fonda was riding on the N express train as it approached the 36th Street station in Sunset Park when she heard gunshots in the car directly behind her.

Ms Fonda said passengers in that car began pounding on the locked door of her carriage “trying to get away from something that was happening”.

When the train arrived at 36th Street, the doors opened and there was smoke throughout the platform, she said.

She told radio station WNYC that she saw people on the ground who had “obviously been shot”.

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“It was terrifying,” Ms Fonda said.

Commuter Yav Montero told CNN he was heading to work from his home in Brooklyn when he heard what sounded like “a bunch of scattered popping” inside the N train car he was riding while it was briefly stopped due to rail traffic as it approached the 36th Street station.

“It sounded loose, like fireworks on the floor,” Mr Montero said. “I didn’t think it was gunshots.”

He said thick smoke quickly engulfed the train, and passengers pushed to the front of the car trying to escape the apparent shooter.

As he crouched on the floor of the car, an elderly woman reached into her purse and handed him a small can of pepper spray and told him to “use it just in case”.

“That’s how desperate people were,” Mr Montero said.

President Joe Biden was briefed on the shooting and White House senior staff were in touch with Mayor Eric Adams and Police Commissioner Keechant Swell, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement. 

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