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Subway shooting suspect Frank James may have tested smoke grenades at Brooklyn airfield: report


Police are reportedly investigating the possibility that accused subway terrorist Frank James may have conducted a test run of his attack by tossing smoke grenades at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn.

After James was arrested Wednesday, the NYPD received a tip that a van — possibly a U-Haul — had been spotted in the area of the airfield the day before and that someone may have been exploding smoke grenades, WNBC reported, citing law enforcement sources.

But investigators told the news outlet that it was too soon to determine if the white vehicle and explosives were connected to the suspect in the subway attack.

James is suspected of opening fire on a subway car in Brooklyn during Tuesday’s morning rush, shooting and wounding 10 people and leaving another 19 injured.

James was busted Wednesday by the NYPD in Manhattan’s East Village after he called the NYPD Crime Stoppers hotline and told police to come and get him at a local McDonald’s restaurant.

Frank James allegedly opened fire on a subway car in Brooklyn, shooting and wounding 10 people while leaving another 19 injured.
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The horrific scene following the shooting is captured at the 36th Street subway station after in New York City, New York on April 12, 2022.




The horrific scene following the shooting is captured at the 36th Street subway station after in New York City, New York on April 12, 2022.
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Federal prosecutors hit him with a charge of committing terrorist attacks and other violence against mass transportation systems, which could send him to prison for life if he’s convicted.

In the initial aftermath of the attack, cops had trouble tracking down James because surveillance cameras at the 36th Street station where the incident occurred had malfunctioned. 

This image provided by New York Police Department shows suspected subway shooter Frank R. James dressed in an MTA uniform on April 13, 2022.
This image provided by New York Police Department shows suspected subway shooter Frank R. James dressed in an MTA uniform on April 13, 2022.
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Police are investigating to see if Frank James may have conducted a test run of his attack by tossing smoke grenades at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn.
Police are investigating to see if Frank James may have conducted a test run of his attack by tossing smoke grenades at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn.
Helayne Seidman

They later determined James had blended in with commuters and took an R train to the next stop at 25th Street, where cameras also weren’t working.

The alleged shooter, who’d previously been staying in an Airbnb in Philadelphia and also has ties to Wisconsin, drove a U-Haul truck into the Big Apple early Tuesday morning around 4 a.m. 

Surveillance footage captured him going over the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and driving into Brooklyn, where a U-Haul van he had rented on April 6 was later found abandoned in Gravesend, court records show. 

James is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.

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