Posted on March 15, 2024

NYC Man Will Not Face Charges for ‘Self-Defense’ Shooting on Brooklyn Subway

Ivan Pereira et al., ABC, March 15, 2024

No charges are being filed against the 32-year-old man who fired a gun on a New York City subway, critically injuring one person, prosecutors said, citing “self-defense.”


The 36-year-old shooting victim was armed with a knife and gun and acting as the aggressor when he entered the northbound A train in Brooklyn around 4:45 p.m., according to law enforcement sources.

The 36-year-old later got into a dispute with the 32-year-old subway rider and pulled a gun out, police said. He was disarmed by the 32-year-old and shot with his own gun, according to police.

The incident began when the 32-year-old got into a verbal and then physical dispute with the shooting victim, possibly over a subway seat, police said. A woman who was with the 32-year-old stabbed the 36-year-old in the back, cellphone video from a fellow rider revealed, according to authorities.

After he was stabbed, the 36-year-old man asked, “Did you stab me?” before pulling a gun from his jacket and asking again, “You stabbed me, right?” according to police.

The physical altercation continued, with the 32-year-old man then grabbing the gun from the 36-year-old, police said.


The 36-year-old is in critical but stable condition, Kemper said. He was shot four times — once in the neck, once in the chest and twice in the right side of the face — and has two stab wounds to the back, according to law enforcement sources.

The 36-year-old has 10 prior arrests, according to law enforcement sources.

Ten to 15 minutes before the shooting, the 36-year-old entered the Nostrand Avenue subway without paying his fare and got onto the A train, NYPD Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey said Friday.