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A timeline of Frank James’ movements before and after the subway shooting


The man accused of opening fire on a packed New York subway car allegedly started planning his bloody assault as early as April 6 – and once he slipped away from the scene of the attack, cops had no idea where he was until he called police on himself. 

Using information gleaned from court records, surveillance footage, photographs, NYPD officials, witnesses and law-enforcement sources, The Post has pieced together a timeline of Frank James’ movements before and after he allegedly opened fire on a Manhattan-bound N train on Tuesday morning, shooting 10 and leaving another 19 wounded. 

The timeline, which begins on April 6, has a gap of about 24 hours after police lost sight of James about an hour after the attack due to camera malfunctions at the 36th Street and 25th Street subway stations. 

“Where [was] he? That’s the million dollar question,” a police official told The Post Wednesday.

“We have the starting point then we have the ending point. Now we just need to backtrack.” 

March 28:

James checks into an Airbnb in Philadelphia, P.A., where he paid to stay for approximately 15 days. 

The Philadelphia Airbnb where Frank James stayed for 15 days before the Brooklyn shooting.
For the New York Post

April 6:

James reserves and prepays for a white Chevrolet Express G2500 U-Haul truck. 

April 10:

James was scheduled to check out of the Philadelphia Airbnb, where his belongings were later found left behind, the New York Times reported. 

April 11 at 2:03 p.m.:

James picks up his U-Haul rental from U-Haul Moving & Storage of Allegheny West in Philadelphia, located at 2801 W Hunting Park Ave.

U-Haul Moving & Storage of Allegheny West where James rented a van.




U-Haul Moving & Storage of Allegheny West where James rented a van.
Alejandro A. Alvarez/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP
James rented a Chevrolet Express G2500 U-Haul truck which he drove to New York City.
James rented a Chevrolet Express G2500 U-Haul truck which he drove to New York City.
For the New York Post

April 11 at 6:17 p.m.:

James takes a Lyft to a storage facility registered to his name in Philadelphia. It not clear where the U-Haul was at that time. Federal investigators later find a cache of weapons and ammunition inside the storage facility, including 9mm ammunition, a threaded 9mm pistol barrel that allows for a silencer or suppressor to be attached, targets and .223 caliber ammunition, which is used with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.

April 12 at 4:11 a.m.:

NYPD video surveillance cameras capture James driving the U-Haul over the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and entering Brooklyn after crossing state lines from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and then New York. 

James was spotted driving over the Verrazano Narrows Bridge into Brooklyn in the early morning.
James was spotted driving over the Verrazano Narrows Bridge into Brooklyn in the early morning.
DOJ

April 12 at 5:15 a.m.:

James is captured on surveillance footage walking down the 300 block of Kings Highway, wheeling a cart and carrying a bag, CBS 2 News reported. 

April 12 at 6:12 a.m.:

Surveillance footage captured at West 7th Street and Kings Highway in Gravesend, Brooklyn appears to show James walking away from the U-Haul. He was captured wearing a yellow hard hat, orange working jacket with reflective tape and carrying a backpack in his right hand and dragging a rolling bag in his left. The U-Haul is later found about two blocks away from the Kings Highway N subway station. 

Footage of James walking down Kings Highway in Brooklyn.
Footage of James walking down Kings Highway in Brooklyn.
James was scene with a backpack and rolling bag while wearing a hardhat and orange vest.
James was scene with a backpack and rolling bag while wearing a hard hat and orange vest.
DOJ
James swiping his MetroCard to board the subway before the shooting.
James swiping his MetroCard to board the subway before the time of the shooting.
NBC

April 12, approximately 8 a.m.:

James boards a Manhattan-bound N train at the Kings Highway subway stop and travels eight stops to 36th Street. 

April 12, 8:26 a.m.:

James allegedly releases smoke bombs and opens fire in the second train car of a Manhattan-bound N train. He allegedly fires 33 rounds, shooting 10 and leaving another 19 wounded. 

A smoke bomb allegedly released by James on the N train before he opened fire.
A smoke bomb allegedly released by James on the N train before he allegedly opened fire.
Raymond Chiodini
People running from the train in Sunset Park amid the shooting.
People run from the train in Sunset Park amid the shooting.
People attending to the wounded at 36th Street Station in the aftermath of the shooting.
People attend to the wounded at 36th Street Station in the aftermath of the shooting.
Derek French/Shutterstock

April 12, approximately 8:30 a.m.:

James takes off the jacket with reflective tape and ditches it at the 36th Street station amid the pandemonium. Two bags were also recovered from the scene of the shooting. One bag held multiple bank cards, a Glock 17 pistol, a plastic container containing gasoline, a torch and a U-Haul key. The second bag contained fireworks with black powder-filled explosives. A receipt for James’ storage facility is also found on the platform. 

Items allegedly left by James on the train after he fled the scene.
Items allegedly left by James on the train after he fled the scene.
Raymond Chiodini
A bag full of fireworks found on the train.
A bag full of fireworks found on the train.

April 12, approximately 8:35 a.m.:

James blends in with commuters evacuating the station following the shooting. He crosses the 36th Street platform to board a Manhattan-bound R train and gets off at the next stop on 25th Street. 

April 12, approximately 8:40 a.m.:

James is captured exiting the 25th Street station, where he ditched his construction helmet inside a trash can. He is then captured on surveillance footage strolling down 25th Street towards Greenwood Cemetery.

James exiting the subway after the shooting.
James exits the subway after the shooting.
Photo by -/United States Attorneys Office f/AFP via Getty Images
James seen walking on 25th Street in Brooklyn.
James seen walking on 25th Street in Brooklyn.
James is believed to have traveled to Park Slope where he boarded a bus and the subway again.
James is believed to have traveled to Park Slope where he boarded a bus and the subway again.

April 12, approximately 8:45 a.m.:

Evidence indicates James walked to Park Slope where police say he boarded a B67 bus to a subway station. 

April 12, approximately 9:18 a.m.:

James is back on the rails after entering an F train station at Seventh Avenue and Ninth Street in Park Slope. 

April 12, between 9:18 a.m. and midnight:

NYPD officers are on a “wild good chase” trying to catch James coming out of the subway again, a police official said. They do not find him. 

The Manhattan McDonald's where James called Crime Stoppers.
The Manhattan McDonald’s where James called Crime Stoppers.
Steven Hirsch
James left the McDonald's before police arrived.
James left the McDonald’s before police arrived.
Steven Hirsch

April 13, approximately 10 a.m.:

James is finally spotted again by a member of the public near Canal and Ludlow streets, close to an F train stop. 

April 13, between approximately 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.:

James travels to a McDonalds on East 6th Street and First Avenue. He spends approximately two hours at the location and at some point, calls Crime Stoppers and tells police where he is. When police arrive, James is already gone. During this approximate time period, James is spotted sitting down at an outdoor dining shed and using a Link NYC hub to charge his phone. 

James charging his phone at some point before his arrest.
James was spotted by a member of the public shortly before his arrest on April 13, 2022.
James was spotted by a member of the public shortly before his arrest on April 13, 2022.
James was eventually spotted and taken into custody in the East Village.
James was eventually taken into custody in the East Village.
AP Photo/Meredith Goldberg

April 13, 1:42 p.m.:

James is taken into custody at St. Mark’s Place and First Avenue. 

Additional reporting by Larry Celona, Joe Marino and Craig McCarthy

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