NEW YORK ( Associated Press) – A man wanted in an apparently unprovoked fatal shooting aboard a New York City subway train surrendered to police on Tuesday, hours after officers posted his name and photo on social media and urged the public to Asked to help find it.
Andrew Abdullah, 25, turned himself in on a Manhattan campus to face charges over the death of 48-year-old Daniele Enriquez.
Enriquez was shot dead on his way to brunch on Sunday morning, nearly six weeks after 10 people were shot in an attack on another subway train.
Enriquez’s sister Griselda Ville on Tuesday urged the city to tackle crime more effectively.
“I’m requesting that this doesn’t happen to any other New Yorker,” she told Fox News. “I don’t want my brother to be a well-known name in the media, a passing name in our normalcy after the pandemic.”
Earlier on Tuesday the Police Department tweeted A photograph of 25-year-old Abdullah, and asked the public for help in locating him.
Court records show Abdullah has two open criminal cases in New York City, one stemming from an April 24 vehicle theft in Brooklyn and another for an alleged assault in Manhattan in 2020.
Messages seeking comment were left with the lawyers representing them in those cases.
Police had earlier sought the public’s help in identifying the gunman, tweeting surveillance photos of a fat man wearing a hoodie on a hot day.
NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell tweeted, “We need all eyes on this.”
Police said eyewitnesses said the gunman was speeding the last car of a Q Line train from Brooklyn to Manhattan, pulled out a gun and opened fire at Enriquez from close range. The shooter fled after the train arrived on Manhattan’s Canal Street.
Enriquez worked for the Global Investment Research Division at Goldman Sachs, where CEO David Solomon called him a dedicated and beloved employee who “embodies our culture of collaboration and excellence”.
A child of Mexican American parents, Enriquez spent his early childhood in Brooklyn before his family moved to California and then to Seattle, his partner Adam Pollak told the New York Post. Wiley said both moves were inspired by violence in the family’s neighborhoods in New York and Southern California.
Enriquez returned to New York City in the mid-1990s to earn a master’s degree in Latin American Studies at New York University. His learning didn’t stop there – during the coronavirus pandemic, he learned to play the guitar and speak Portuguese and Italian, his family and teammates said.
“He was in constant self-improvement mode,” brother-in-law Glenn Wiley told Fox News.
The eldest of five children, Enriquez sought out his siblings and parents, his sister said. Just an hour before he was killed, Enriquez had written to his siblings advising them to check on their parents, who have health problems, she said.
The seemingly random shooting shook a town already concerned about public safety. Many types of crime have resumed after the pandemic dipped dramatically when people were staying home. And the concern about crime has increased.
In the first five months of 2022, the number of shootings in the city has decreased slightly compared to the same period a year ago, and the number of murders is down 12% so far from the previous year. But after nearly a decade of record lows, New York is still on pace with its second highest number of homicides since 2011.
In terms of violent crime, the city is much safer now than it was in the 1970s, 80s, 90s and early 2000s.
Crime is by far the city’s biggest concern for voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released this month. It surveyed 1,249 registered city voters and has an error of +/- 2.8 percentage points.
Democrat Mayor Eric Adams, who has campaigned on promises to make the city safer, said his administration would evaluate how it was deploying officials across the vast subway system.
Adams said there was no police officer in the train in which Enriquez was shot.