Suspect walks into fatal NYC subway shooting

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A man wanted in a seemingly unprovoked fatal shooting aboard a New York City subway train surrendered to police on Tuesday, hours after authorities posted his name and photo on social media and pleaded the public to help him find him.

Andrew Abdullah, 25, drove to a Manhattan neighborhood to face charges in the death of Daniel Enriquez, 48.

Enriquez was shot on his way to brunch on Sunday morning, about six weeks after 10 people were shot dead in an attack on another subway train.

Enriquez’s sister, Griselda Vile, implored the city on Tuesday to get tough on crime.

“I’m pleading that this doesn’t happen to another New Yorker,” she told Fox News. “I don’t want my brother to be just a passing name in the media, a passing name in our post-pandemic normalcy.” Earlier Tuesday, the police department tweeted a photo of Abdullah, 25, and asked the public to help find him.

Court records show Abdullah has two open criminal cases in New York, one in Brooklyn stemming from a vehicle theft on April 24 and the other for an alleged assault in Manhattan in 2020.

Messages seeking comment have been left for attorneys representing him in these cases.

Police previously asked for the public’s help in identifying the shooter, tweeting surveillance photos of a burly man in a hoodie on a hot day.

“We need all eyes on this,” NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell tweeted.

Police say witnesses said the shooter paced the last car of a Q Line train heading from Brooklyn to Manhattan, pulled out a gun, and shot Enriquez at point-blank range. The shooter fled after the train arrived at Canal Street in Manhattan. Enriquez worked for the global investment research division at Goldman Sachs, where CEO David Solomon called him a dedicated and beloved employee who “embodied our culture of collaboration and excellence.” The child of Mexican American parents, Enriquez spent his early childhood in Brooklyn before his family moved to California and then Seattle, his partner, Adam Pollack, told the New York Post. Vile said both moves were prompted by violence in the family’s neighborhoods in New York and Southern California. Enriquez returned to New York in the mid-1990s to pursue a master’s degree in Latin American studies at New York University. His urge to learn didn’t stop there – during the coronavirus pandemic he learned to play the guitar and speak Portuguese and Italian, his family and partner said. “He was constantly in self-improvement mode,” his brother-in-law Glenn Vile told Fox News. The eldest of five children, Enriquez took care of his siblings and parents, his sister said. About an hour before he was killed, Enriquez texted his siblings advising them to watch their parents, who have health issues, she said.

The seemingly random shooting further rocked a city already on edge when it comes to public safety. Many types of crime rebounded after dropping dramatically earlier in the pandemic when people stayed home. And concern about crime has skyrocketed. In the first five months of 2022, the number of shootings in the city is down slightly from the same period a year earlier, and the number of murders is down 12% so far from the year last. But New York is still on course for its second-highest homicide count since 2011, after nearly a decade of record lows.

In terms of violent crime, the city remains significantly safer today than it was in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s. Crime is now by far the number one concern of voters in the city, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released this month. He surveyed 1,249 registered municipal voters and has a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points. Mayor Eric Adams, a Democrat who has campaigned on promises to make the city safer, said his administration will assess how it deploys officers to the vast subway system.

There were no police in the train car where Enriquez was shot, Adams said.

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