‘We Need All Eyes on This’: Police Officers Hunt for Subway Gunman

The search for a gunman who killed a man on a Lower Manhattan subway train continued Monday, as the New York City Police Department released the first known photos of the suspect.

“We need all eyes on this,” Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell wrote on Twitter early Monday, along with two pictures of the person who the police believe pulled out a gun Sunday and fatally shot a commuter in an unprovoked attack.

The suspect had boarded a northbound Q train when, around 11:40 a.m., he shot Daniel Enriquez once in the chest. When the train doors opened at the Canal Street platform, the gunman fled just as officers descended into the station.

Mr. Enriquez, 48, a Brooklyn man who worked for Goldman Sachs and was headed to brunch, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, where he died.

The photos that Commissioner Sewell released on Twitter show a man wearing a blue surgical mask, a blue hooded sweatshirt, light-colored pants and white sneakers walking up what appear to be subway stairs.

She added that detectives needed help with “identifying & locating this man who is wanted for homicide in the tragic, senseless shooting.” David Solomon, the chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs, said in a statement on Monday that Mr. Enriquez “was a dedicated and beloved member of the Goldman Sachs family for nine years.”

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“We are devastated by this senseless tragedy and our deepest sympathies are with Dan’s family at this difficult time,” Mr. Solomon said.

The attack is the latest in a string of violent episodes in city subways this year, including a shooting last month that left at least 23 people injured, as well as the death of a woman in Times Square station in January after she was shoved onto the tracks.

Such incidents have presented an immense hurdle for Mayor Eric Adams, who has repeatedly vowed to curb violence on New York City streets and trains.

On Monday morning at the Canal Street station, some commuters conveyed deep concern over their safety while riding a system that has long been the circulatory system of the city and its economy.

“It’s real scary out there,” said Dominique Lachelle, as she waited for a Q train on the uptown platform where the police had tried in vain to resuscitate Mr. Enriquez.

Ms. Lachelle, 29, who lives in Brooklyn and is a front desk associate at a hospital, said the spate of violent incidents has influenced even the smallest of her decisions, like whether she sits down on her ride to work.

“I stand up now, and I go and stand close to the doors so I can escape to another car if I need to,” she added. “I don’t want to be caught in the middle.”

Mr. Enriquez, born in Williamsburg to parents who had immigrated from Mexico, is the oldest of his three siblings. He is the fourth person this year who was killed in the transit system. Despite the spotlight on recent violence, fatal attacks on the city’s public transit are far less common than on city streets. Major felony crime on buses and trains makes up just 2 percent of overall city crime — the same level as before the pandemic — even though ridership is only about 60 percent of what it was before the coronavirus.

Still, some New Yorkers in the Canal Street station on Monday said mass transit was their only financially feasible option for moving across the boroughs.

“You can’t avoid it, because it gets expensive to take Uber,” said Hek Emra, 25, a concierge from Queens. “What can you do? There’s nothing you can do.”

Lananh Nguyen contributed reporting.