Frank James, suspect in Brooklyn subway shooting, discussed violence in YouTube clips

The man now considered a suspect in the Brooklyn subway shooting appeared to post videos of himself on social media expressing bigoted views, violence and criticism of New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ policies. regarding public safety and raising awareness of the homeless in subways.

New York police on Wednesday identified Frank R. James, 62, as a suspect in Tuesday morning’s rush hour attack that left at least 10 injured and 13 injured. He was previously just a person of interest.

A $50,000 reward is being offered to track down James, who police say had addresses in Wisconsin and Philadelphia.

Police say James rented a U-Haul pickup truck, the keys to which were found at the scene of the shooting in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood.

One of the photos shared by police of James was a screenshot of a video from the ‘prophet oftruth88’ YouTube channel, a platform on which he appears to go on long profanity-filled rants and express controversial opinions. . As of 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, the channel was removed.

He talks about death in several videos and talks about a “race war” and the desire to “exterminate” certain groups of people in a clip. In another, published on April 6, he says there must be more mass shootings, saying the problem would not be the shooter, but rather the environment in which he exists.

In a video posted on Monday, James said he had felt the urge to kill people but didn’t want to go to jail. In posted on March 18he claimed he suffered from severe post-traumatic stress disorder.

In other video released on February 27, he appeared disappointed that Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson was married to a white man.

Image: Emergency personnel, including the FBI, search a moving van
Emergency personnel, including the FBI, search a moving truck during an ongoing investigation in Brooklyn, NY April 12, 2022. John Minchillo/AP

James also took to YouTube to share his thoughts on the mayor. In a video posted on February 23, he criticized Adams’ subway homeless outreach efforts, alluding to the fact that he himself had experienced homelessness. He again criticized the mayor’s plans for public safety on trains and efforts to help the homeless in a clip uploaded March 1.

James’ posts date back to 2016. He used slurs, disparaged women and made racist comments, including against black people. He documented his trip from the Midwest to Philadelphia in March, often speaking on camera while behind the wheel.

Adams acknowledged the controversial posts on NBC’s “TODAY” show on Wednesday morning.

“I was made aware by the police department of some of his social media posts,” the mayor said. “He seems to be everywhere from the briefing.”

“I just think we need to focus on his arrest right now and the police department is going to use these messages and all the evidence we gather, not only to apprehend him, we also need to make sure he’s prosecuted.” , says Adams.

The mayor’s security has been tightened since Tuesday.

New Yorkers began their morning commute Wednesday with few answers as to where the suspect may be and a motive.

In Tuesday’s attack, the shooter donned a gas mask and set off two canisters of smoke before gunfire erupted aboard a Manhattan-bound N train as it traveled through 36th Street Station in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn around 8:30 a.m., NYPD. said Commissioner Keechant Sewell.

Image: Frank James,Frank R. James
NYPD released a photo of Frank R. James, a suspect in Tuesday’s subway shooting in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood.NYPD via AP

The shooter opened fire at least 33 times, Sewell said at a news conference Tuesday night.

None of the injured had life-threatening injuries.

The attack has fueled unease as it comes amid rising violent crime in subways.

Investigators recovered a firearm with an attached magazine, two additional magazines, ammunition, a hatchet and a canister of what is believed to be gasoline from the subway station, police said. They also recovered a bag containing consumer-grade fireworks.

Police said they were looking for a man who weighed around 5ft 5in and 180lbs, wearing a neon orange vest during the attack.

“Obviously this person boarded the train and intended to use violence,” Sewell said.

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