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‘We got him’ New York mayor on the arrest of subway shooting suspect

A man suspected in the fatal weekend shooting of a New York City subway rider, less than two months after a mass shooting on the mass transit system, was arrested on Tuesday (May 24) and charged with second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, authorities said.

Andrew Abdullah, 25, was arrested at his lawyer’s offices in the afternoon for the slaying of Brooklyn resident Daniel Enriquez, 48, who was fatally shot in his chest while he rode in a subway car on Sunday morning, a New York Police Department Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said at a press conference.

Abdullah was described as a gang member and repeat offender with a criminal history dating back to 2016, including arrests for felony assault, robbery, attempted murder and a gun charge that remains open.

He was given a 30-month sentence in the incident related to the attempted murder charge and was out in June 2019 and released from parole in June 2021, NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig said.

In May 2017, Abdullah was given a 30 month sentence for attempted murder and other charges related to an

was charged with attempted murder in a May 2017 incident

Officials sought to pin the killing of Enriquez on the state’s criminal justice system.

Mayor Eric Adams called Abdullah the “poster child” for perpetrators of violence in the city.

“We got a killer off our streets, but far too many killers are back on our streets through the revolving door of the criminal justice system that appears to pit the NYPD and good New Yorkers against the bad guys,” Adams said.

Abdullah was photographed by Reuters walking into the NYPD’s 5th Precinct station in handcuffs with a police detective escort.

Law enforcement was able to locate the suspect with the help of police canvassing, community engagement and social media outreach, Sewell said.

A 9-millimeter shell casing discharged from a Ruger firearm was recovered at the scene, Essig said. The gun, which was stolen in Hampton, Virginia in November 2019, was later handed at random to a homeless male, who authorities brought in for questioning, he said.

Essig said Abdullah is a Nine Block gang member who has eight prior arrests, including

Enriquez, who worked for investment bank Goldman Sachs Group Inc, was riding a train crossing a bridge from Brooklyn into lower Manhattan when he was shot in the chest without provocation, authorities said. [nL2N2XF0S2]

Enriquez was pronounced dead at Bellevue Hospital. Authorities say the suspect fled the train after it pulled into the Canal Street station.

Adams said his heart is with the family of Enriquez, an innocent person who should be alive today.

Sunday’s attack adds further pressure on Adams, a former police captain and Brooklyn borough president who made crime and public safety a focus of his campaign for the office last year.

In February, the second month of his term, Adams and New York Governor Kathy Hochul promised to increase police patrols and mental health outreach in response to a spate of attacks in the subway system, which is run by the state-controlled Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

On April 12, the subway system saw one of the most violent attacks in its history when a man set off a smoke bomb and opened fire in a subway car. The attack left 23 people injured, including 10 hit by gunfire.

A suspect in the attack, 62-year-old Frank James, was arrested a day later. He was indicted earlier this month on terrorism and other federal charges.

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