You might see an increased police presence at Connecticut train stations after 10 people were shot on a subway car in Brooklyn, New York during the rush hour commute on Tuesday morning.
Travelers boarding trains in Connecticut Wednesday said they plan to stay vigilant.
“I think the most important thing is I always try to be aware when I travel, and I always try to make sure I look for exits and just I'm aware of my surroundings. I think that's the biggest thing,” Alexandra Hemmings, of New Haven, said.
Jessica Williams, of Naugatuck, and her children already had plans to take a train into New York City on Wednesday so her daughter could visit NYU.
“We were nervous, but I watched the news yesterday and we're not about to cancel something that my kids we're looking forward to seeing,” she said.
“We're comfortable going into the city, but we're not going to choose the subway because we're a little bit new to the subway and we don't want, I know there's subways that are closed and we just don't want to run into anything that we're uncomfortable with, so we're going to choose to Uber,” she said.
Tiera Herring, of New Haven, was traveling to Stamford for work and does not plan to go to New York City for a while.
“I wouldn't dare go into the city right now,” Herring said.
Sean Donahue was boarding a train to South Norwalk and said he just started going back into the city after the pandemic.
“I started now because it's opening up and started going to Mets games with my son. It was kind of sad what happened. Hopefully, it doesn't start a trend, that's what happens with that so hopefully, they catch him,” Donahue said.
The manhunt continues for the shooter.
Investigators were focused on a man who rented a U-Haul van that may have been linked to the rush-hour violence. They labeled him a suspect on Wednesday after calling him a person of interest the day before, saying they weren't sure he was responsible for the shooting, NBC New York reports. It's not clear what prompted the change.
A van matching the police description with Arizona license plates was found just before 5 p.m. Tuesday after a key to the van was found at the scene of the shooting. The vehicle was later searched and cleared, senior law enforcement sources told NBC New York, as police removed a table, chairs and memory foam pillows from inside.
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