Subway Shooting Suspect Indicted on 2 Counts

Each could bring a sentence of life in prison for Frank James
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2022 9:45 AM CDT
Updated May 7, 2022 5:20 PM CDT
$50K Subway-Attack Reward Being Doled Out to 5 People
This image provided by New York Police Department, April 13, 2022, shows what they said is suspected subway shooter Frank R. James, 62, entering a subway station the morning prior to his attack on a subway train Tuesday.   (New York Police Department via AP, File)

(Newser) Update: The man being held in the shooting attack on a New York City subway train last month that wounded 10 people has been indicted. A federal grand jury charged Frank James on Friday with committing a terrorist attack or other violence against a mass transportation system and discharging a firearm during a violent crime, the AP reports. Both counts carry a maximum sentence of life in prison. Arraignment hasn't been scheduled. James is jailed without bail. Our story from April 16 follows:

A $50,000 reward that was offered in connection with last Tuesday's Brooklyn subway shooting will indeed be paid out—and split five ways, officials say. The NYPD says tips from five people, who it declined to identify, "contributed directly to the arrest" of alleged gunman Frank James some 30 hours later. They will each receive $10,000, which is being provided by the Police Foundation, the MTA, and TWU Local 100, reports ABC News. New York City residents received a cellphone alert with James' description at 10:21am Wednesday, and multiple people have gone public to share what they believed to be sightings of James.

NPR reports Zack Tahhan, 21, was installing security cameras and told reporters what he experienced, "I thought, 'Oh my God, this is the guy, we need to get him.' He was walking down the street, I see the car of the police, I said, 'Yo, this is the guy!'" Mayor Eric Adams expressed gratitude, per the New York Post: "Thanks to the help of these five good Samaritans, the NYPD was able to do its job and get a dangerous suspect off the streets just hours after his picture was released." The 10 people who were shot are all expected to survive. (Read more subway attack stories.)

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