““We are devastated by this senseless tragedy.” ”
This was Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon, who offered his condolences in a statement about the Goldman employee killed on Sunday in an unprovoked shooting on the New York City subway.
The New York City Police Department confirmed that Daniel Enriquez, 48, of Brooklyn, was on his way to Manhattan for lunch when he was shot in the chest at about 11:40 a.m. Sunday while the Q train was crossing the Manhattan Bridge from downtown Brooklyn to Lower. Manhattan. New York City Police Chief Kenneth Corey said there was no interaction between the victim and the shooter prior to the shooting.
“According to witnesses, the suspect was walking back and forth in the same train car and, without provocation, pulled out a gun and shot the victim at close range as the train crossed the Manhattan Bridge,” Corey said. during a press. conference at Canal Street Subway Station.
A suspect was arrested Tuesday, and police said his motive for the unprovoked attack was “a great mystery.” Andrew Abdullah, 25, was expected to face a charge of murder for Enriquez’s death.
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Police officers and emergency medical technicians tried to resuscitate Enriquez once the train stopped on Canal Street, but he later died at Bellevue Hospital. No one else was injured.
Solomon said the investment banking firm was “devastated” to hear that the deadly shooting took one of its “beloved” employees.
“Daniel Enriquez was a dedicated and beloved member of the Goldman Sachs family for nine years,” Solomon said in a statement, according to media outlets such as Bloomberg. “He worked diligently to support our Macro Research team in New York and embodied our culture of collaboration and excellence. We are devastated by this pointless tragedy and our deepest condolences are to the family of Dan at this difficult time. “
The shooter, whom police described as a “dark-skinned, fat, bearded man,” fled the train once inside Canal Street. He was reportedly wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, gray pants and white sneakers at the time of the shooting.
Police arrested Abdullah a block and a half from the subway station. But at the time he was not wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and had a backpack that had not been mentioned, so officers let him go, but took out his name. After reviewing surveillance footage later, investigators learned that the shooter took off his sweatshirt after the shooting.
The Legal Aid Society, which represents Abdullah, asked the public not to make any assumptions about the case. “Mr. Abdullah deserves strong representation from his defense attorney, and that is what The Legal Aid Society will offer, “the organization said in a statement.
This is the second shooting on the New York subway in just six weeks, after 10 people were shot and at least 13 more injured, but no one killed, on an N train in Brooklyn on April 12. It was the worst subway attack in decades. Frank R. James, 62, was later arrested on charges of federal terrorism for mass shooting after a 30-hour human hunt.
And in January, Michelle Go, 40, was pushed in front of an approaching train and died in another unprovoked attack. The suspect, Martial Simon, was mentally ill and homeless, and has been declared unfit to stand trial.
New York City Police Chief Corey said the police department continues to push more officers into the subway system.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul tweeted that “everyone deserves to feel safe on our subways” and said her office works with the MTA and the NYPD.
Enríquez’s sister, Griselda Vile, told the New York Times that her brother lived in Park Slope and was heading to Manhattan for lunch on Sunday. But he had largely avoided the train during the pandemic because he was worried about his health.
“It’s horrible, this is a horror movie,” he said.