On Tuesday afternoon, a 25-year-old man was arrested at a Chinatown precinct in connection with the shooting death of a subway rider over the weekend.
Who is Andrew Abdullah?
The suspect, Andrew Abdullah, was wanted in connection with the death of Daniel Enriquez, a passenger who was fatally shot on a northbound Q train on Sunday. Mr. Abdullah surrendered to the Fifth Precinct more than 48 hours after the unjustified attack, escorted by officers dressed in civilian clothing.
In black slacks and a white T-shirt, he walked up the steps in front of a swarm of around 50 reporters and passers-by.
How did the police react to the incident?
“This heinous act should never have happened,” Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said during a press conference on Tuesday, recalling Mr. Abdullah’s previous offences. “Another habitual offender, who was allowed every leeway by the criminal court system, committed the assault on the Q train last Sunday morning.”
Mr. Abdullah’s motivation for the assassination, if any, remained unknown. He was heard shouting “no phones” before firing a single shot at Mr. Enriquez, according to police, although there was no indication that the remark was aimed at the victim.
Commissioner Sewell described Mr. Enriquez’s death as “every New Yorker’s greatest nightmare.” The assassination shook a population already weary of the subway system, which has been the gory scene of a succession of attacks in recent months. A shooter opened fire on a rush-hour subway car in Brooklyn only six weeks ago, hurting at least 23 people. A lady died in January after being thrown into the rails at Times Square station.
Mr. Enriquez, 48, was born in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighbourhood, the eldest of five children. He worked as a researcher for Goldman Sachs and lived in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
He was on his way to visit a brother for brunch in Manhattan on Sunday when he met Mr. Abdullah in the final car of the northbound Q train, according to the police.
Mr. Abdullah surprised and horrified passengers when, as the train crossed the Manhattan Bridge, he pulled out a 9-millimeter pistol and fired a single shot into Mr. Enriquez’s chest, according to authorities. Before the incident, the two guys had never spoken to each other.