Two people were killed and two others were injured in a series of stabbings on a New York City subway line. Authorities are investigating whether one person is responsible for all four stabbings. The stabbings occurred at Fort Washington and Far Rockaway stations. “Three of these incidents appear to be connected, and the detective bureau is looking into the possibility that all four could have been committed by one individual,” transit chief Kathleen O’Reilly said. Some of the victims were found on trains. One of the wounded, found in Fort Washington station, told police that he was attacked by an unknown male.
Police Commissioner Dermot Shea expressed his sympathy for the victims and said an additional 500 officers will be immediately deployed throughout the city to patrol subway stations. “They’ll be there as long as needed to make sure that people feel safe.” Deputy Chief Brian McGee, who commands the Manhattan North detective bureau, said that the incidents appear to be unprovoked and that all of the victims were homeless. McGee said the police department “doesn’t have much at all” on the perpetrator at this point.