Brooklyn subway shooting suspect indicted by grand jury on terrorism, firearms charges – National

A federal grand jury has indicted a man suspected of shooting a New York City subway train last month – an attack that injured 10 people and rocked a city already seeing a spike in violent crime.

The panel charged Frank James, 62, on Friday with committing a terrorist attack or other violence against a public transportation system and discharging a firearm in a violent crime. Both counts carry a maximum sentence of life in prison. The number of weapons comes with a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years.

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James was arrested on April 13, about 30 hours after authorities said he left Philadelphia and dropped smoke bombs and dozens of bullets into a train full of morning commuters as he approached from a Brooklyn train station. The victims of the shootings ranged in age from 16 to 60; all had to survive.

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Authorities said James’ bank card, cell phone and key to a van he rented were found at the scene of the shooting. Police also said they found the handgun used in the shooting and traced it to James.

James is jailed without bail. An arraignment has not yet been scheduled, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.

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A lawyer representing James at the time of his arrest cautioned against rushing to judgment and noted that James had alerted police to his whereabouts. James was arrested in Manhattan’s East Village after calling a hotline that said he was at a fast food joint in that part of town.

The motive for the attack is unclear. In numerous rants he posted on YouTube, James, who is black, made bigoted remarks about people from diverse backgrounds and railed against New York City Mayor Eric Adams and complained about care of mental health he received in the city years ago.

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