WATCH: Attacker On NYC Subway Gets Shot With His Own Gun

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A shooting from last month in which a man was seriously injured on a New York City subway is being deemed a self-defense case by prosecutors. 

Videos taken on commuters’ phones show the whole sequence of events. 

A 32-year-old man got on the A-Train in the evening and sat down. Then he was accosted by a second man who had boarded earlier. 

Attacker on the Subway

The second man, a 36-year-old who has not yet been identified, reportedly wanted the seat on the subway. An argument ensued, during which the 36-year-old issued a whole series of threats.

According to Fox5, the aggressor claimed to have just spent 13 years in jail.

“I’ll beat you up, I’ll beat you up,” he threatened. 

The 32-year-old stood his ground and other commuters backed away from the two. They began physically fighting, all the while the 36-year-old kept repeating “I’ll beat you up.”

At some point in the argument, a woman approached the two. Various reports indicate that she was with the 32-year-old man.

The attacker was stabbed by a woman defending the first man. (Photo: Fox5)

At this point, more than one person on the train was yelling for them to “stop it.”

The woman produced a knife and stabbed the 36-year-old in the back. He then drew a gun and threatened to shoot.

Before the gun went off, the 32-year-old wrested it away from the attacker and fired several rounds. According to ABC7, one of the bullets hit the 36-year-old in the head. 

Police Board the Train

Within seconds of the shots being fired, police boarded the train and took the parties into custody. The 36-year-old attacker was placed in the hospital in critical condition. Little information has been released to update his condition. 

The woman, who has not been identified, was still being looked for by police when they reported on the case.

After reviewing the events, prosecutors have decided that the 32-year-old shot in self-defense. Oren Yaniv, a spokesperson for the district attorneys spoke about the case. The “shooting inside a crowded subway car was shocking and deeply upsetting.” 

He explained that charges had not been announced yet because evidence pointed toward self-defense

Onlookers from the scene described the situation as “harrowing.” 

“Everybody was just running. People were falling down and trying to get out of the station,” Nadgel Maldonado said.

Videos of the shooting show bystanders yelling “let me out” and “there’s babies on here!”

Subway Safety And Self-Defense

Many people believe the gun is the most dangerous element in this situation, overlooking the fact that the ex-convict disregarded New York City’s gun ban.

READ MORE: Gun Rights Groups Slam Biden’s New Rule Expanding Background Checks

Police were luckily nearby to prevent further violence, but according to CBS, the number of shootings on the subway is increasing. 

Rather than depend on the police, people need to start preparing to defend themselves.

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  • R Hays April 19, 2024, 8:16 am

    How are those guns laws working for you, New York? Catch any criminals lately? I mean BEFORE they commit any gun crimes…?

  • Brf April 15, 2024, 11:57 am

    This just shows how mindless some New Yorkers are when they are more worried about the presence of a firearm
    rather that the felon illegally carrying it and more than willing to commit another crime with it.

  • JustJim April 15, 2024, 7:53 am

    Where is Bernard Hugo Goetz when you need him?

    • ejharbet April 15, 2024, 9:20 am

      my favorite line,” you look fine, here’s another” pow.

  • paul I'll call you what I want/1st Amendment April 13, 2024, 3:50 am

    hmmmm all those people checking bags and not patting people down…….doing something that does nothing for potential victims

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