An off duty corrections officer shot a man Tuesday night (3/10) after an altercation that spilled out from number 4/5 train onto the platform at Borough Hall station. (Note: The NY Daily News reports that the shooter is a “retired corrections officer”.)
A witness tells PIX11 that 2 young men were acting “belligerent” on a downtown train. An older gentleman got on the crowded train at Bowling Green, and attempted to get by the pair, when an argument broke out. The witness says the man was not engaging the men and said “don’t touch me,” when one of the men punched him in the face.
The man attempted to restrain the suspect and pulled out a gun from his pocket. One of the men ran from the train when the doors opened at Borough Hall. A scuffle ensued and the man shot one of the suspects on the platform.
The wounded suspect was hit in the abdomen, was taken to an area hospital.
Sources say 2 people are in custody.
Thomas said he then saw one of the young men push the older man onto the floor as they approached Borough Hall station. “I saw [the older man] reach into his pocket and I saw the older man pull out the gun from his pocket and people were like ‘It’s a gun’ … I saw the older guy put the clip in the gun and he looked like he was getting in the position to shoot him so we all ran off the train. The two dudes ran up the stairs and the guy was all calm with the gun in his hand and walked up the stairs and everybody ran down the stairs. Not even 40 seconds later we heard a pop.”
Update: The shooting victim has died.
Update: The alleged attacker killed in the incident has been identified as Gilbert Drogheo. The alleged shooter has also been identified as Will Groomes.
gun shots at borough hall station. thankful for a conductor who kept a cool head and got us to the next stop safely.
— Abigail Salvatore (@swagigail) March 10, 2015
These 2 guys on the train have footage of #NYPD shooting someone at Borough Hall. Conductor just says "police investigation"
— Nobody Beats the Liz (@emaphotography) March 10, 2015
— Joe Frumusa (@joefrumusa) March 11, 2015
— NBC New York (@NBCNewYork) March 10, 2015
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