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New York subway shooter arrested after manhunt, media reports

New York subway shooter arrested after manhunt, media reports

New York: The man accused of shooting ten people on a Brooklyn subway train was arrested Wednesday and charged with a federal terrorism offence after a daylong manhunt and a tipster's call led police to him on a Manhattan street.

Police had identified 62-year-old Frank James as the suspected gunman who detonated two smoke canisters as the train was pulling into a Brooklyn station, before firing 33 shots into the crowd.

"My fellow New Yorkers: we got him," Mayor Eric Adams told a news conference announcing the arrest.

James was spotted by officers on a Manhattan street, and arrested, said New York Police Department commissioner Keechant Sewell. He was taken into custody without incident and will be charged over Tuesday's attack, she added.

Video footage circulating on social media showed a man resembling James handcuffed and being placed into a police car

No one was killed in the attack, which also left 13 others injured as they scrambled to get out of the station or suffered smoke inhalation. None of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries.

James had posted several videos on YouTube of himself delivering long, sometimes aggressive political tirades. His page was taken down later Wednesday for "violating YouTube's Community Guidelines."

In his videos, he also criticized New York's mayor.

James' sister, Catherine James Robinson, told The New York Times that she was "surprised" to see him named as a suspect, adding: "I don't think he would do anything like that."

She said she had had little contact with her brother for years, according to the newspaper, and she contradicted one detail given by police: they had said the shooter was around five feet five inches, but she said James was over six feet tall.

The gunman put on a gas mask just as the train was arriving at the station, then opened the smoke canisters and opened fire, police said.

Police later recovered a Glock 17 nine-millimetre handgun, three additional ammunition magazines and a hatchet from the scene. US media reported that James' credit card and keys to a van he had rented were also found.

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