SoCal Law Enforcement Agencies on Alert Following Brooklyn Subway Shooting

A number of local law enforcement agencies announced Tuesday that they are closely monitoring the situation that left 16 injured in Brooklyn

Local law enforcement agencies are increasing patrols around the city following a shooting on Tuesday morning at a subway station in Brooklyn, New York.

The shooting happened about 8:20 a.m., when a man wearing a construction vest released a canister of smoke onto a subway train and opened fire, the New York Times reports. At least 16 people were injured—10 of them by gunfire—and five were in critical condition but none of them had life-threatening injuries, according to the New York City Fire Department.

As of late Tuesday morning, the violent attack appears to be an isolated incident in Brooklyn, but a number of Southern California law enforcement agencies said they are watching the situation out of an abundance of caution.

“The LAPD is closely monitoring reports of a multiple victim shooting this morning at a subway train station in Brooklyn,” the Los Angeles Police Department posted on Twitter. “We’re in contact with our local, state & federal partners, and as always, providing high visibility patrols throughout the city, including bus & rail stations.”

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told NBC4 that it is watching the situation in New York, but it is not increasing its patrols at this time.

L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva offered his condolences to the shooting victims in a public statement.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with those injured during the shooting at the New York subway station,” he tweeted. “@LASDHQ offers our deepest condolences to the families touched by tragedy of this senseless shooting while reaffirming our commitment to protect our residents.”

The sheriff’s transit team said on Instagram that they were working closely with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and other law enforcement partners to “to stay on top of this fluid situation.”

“Although, so far, we have no specific threat to #losangeles transit, we take nothing for granted and continue to follow up on all intelligence,” the transit team said.

Dave Sotero, the communications manager for L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, told CBS News they are aware of the shooting and that they were meeting Tuesday morning to discuss how to respond.

Also, the Long Beach Police Department is increasing patrols “out of an abundance of caution,” they announced on Twitter.

“We are aware of a shooting incident in a Brooklyn Substation from earlier this morning,” the LBPD tweeted. “At this time, there are no known threats to the City of Long Beach, however out of an abundance of caution, we will be providing increased patrols throughout the City.#SeeSomethingSaySomething”

The Brooklyn subway shooter remains at large.

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