Police and emergency responders gather outside the 36th Street subway station in Brooklyn, New York, on Tuesday, April 12.

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Police and emergency responders gather outside the 36th Street subway station in Brooklyn, New York, on Tuesday, April 12.

Injured people are seen on the platform of the 36th Street subway station on Tuesday. This photo was taken by photojournalist Derek French, who told CNN he leveraged his Red Cross first aid training to help victims. While helping them, French also discovered that he himself had been shot in the ankle and was bleeding. <strong/><em>Editor's note:</em></strong><em> A blur has been applied here by CNN to protect the identity of the victim.</em>

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Injured people are seen on the platform of the 36th Street subway station on Tuesday. This photo was taken by photojournalist Derek French, who told CNN he leveraged his Red Cross first aid training to help victims. While helping them, French also discovered that he himself had been shot in the ankle and was bleeding. Editor’s note: A blur has been applied here by CNN to protect the identity of the victim.

Emergency personnel work at the entrance to the subway station.

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Emergency personnel work at the entrance to the subway station.

A New York City police officer checks security cameras near the scene.

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A New York City police officer checks security cameras near the scene.

Emergency personnel respond to the scene.

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Emergency personnel respond to the scene.

People look out of a home near the scene of the shooting.

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People look out of a home near the scene of the shooting.

The mass shooting comes amid a rise in shootings in New York over the past two years and a particular rise in violence on the subway that has become <a href=a focus of Mayor Eric Adams’ administration. ” src=”https://media.cnn.com/api/v1/images/stellar/prod/220412103004-12-brooklyn-shooting-scene-0412.jpg?c=original&q=w_480,c_fill”>

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Injured people are seen in the subway station on Tuesday. <strong/><em>Editor's note:</em></strong><em> A blur has been applied by CNN to the faces of the victims to protect their identities. </em>

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Injured people are seen in the subway station on Tuesday. Editor’s note: A blur has been applied by CNN to the faces of the victims to protect their identities.

Brooklyn's Sunset Park neighborhood is located in the southwest part of the borough.

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Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood is located in the southwest part of the borough.

New York City Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell speaks about the shooting at a <a href=news conference on Tuesday. “We are determining what the motive is, and we will find that out as the investigation continues,” she said.” src=”https://media.cnn.com/api/v1/images/stellar/prod/220412140931-34-brooklyn-shooting.jpg?c=original&q=w_480,c_fill”>

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New York City Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell speaks about the shooting at a news conference on Tuesday. “We are determining what the motive is, and we will find that out as the investigation continues,” she said.

A police officer ducks under police tape at the scene.

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A police officer ducks under police tape at the scene.

New York City police officers look down from a rooftop.

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New York City police officers look down from a rooftop.

People stand near the entrance of the subway station after the shooting.

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People stand near the entrance of the subway station after the shooting.

Members of the New York City Police Department patrol the streets after the incident.

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Members of the New York City Police Department patrol the streets after the incident.

Officers with bomb-sniffing dogs patrol the area.

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Officers with bomb-sniffing dogs patrol the area.

Police officers work near the scene of the shooting.

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Police officers work near the scene of the shooting.

Emergency responders gather at the site of the shooting.

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Emergency responders gather at the site of the shooting.


Evidence found by investigators led them to suspect James of the shooting, police said Wednesday.

Authorities at the scene found a Glock 9 mm handgun, three extended magazines, two detonated smoke grenades, two non-detonated smoke grenades, a hatchet and keys to a U-Haul van, Essig said.

The gun found at the scene was purchased by James in Ohio in 2011, according to Essig. A credit card that was used to rent the U-Haul was also found, two law enforcement sources told CNN. Two officials told CNN they believe the gun jammed during the shooting.

The U-Haul van was rented by James, police said, and was recovered by police near the Kings Highway station after being cleared by the NYPD’s bomb squad.

Surveillance video showed James leaving the van Tuesday morning, according to a criminal complaint.

A neon construction jacket, which had been discarded on the subway platform, had a receipt for a storage unit in Philadelphia registered to James, the complaint states.

Federal prosecutors believe he visited the storage facility filled with ammunition and more weapons the evening before the Tuesday attack, according to court documents. A search of the storage facility revealed additional ammunition and “a threaded 9mm pistol barrel that allows for a silencer or suppresser to be attached.”

According to the complaint, law enforcement executed a search warrant at a Philadelphia apartment authorities believe James rented for 15 days b