Police say an MS-13 gang member may be responsible for killing a man on a Queens subway platform in New York City early Sunday afternoon during a graphic altercation that was caught on cell phone video.
The New York Times reports the victim died at the 90th Street-Elmhurst Avenue station after being struck on the head just outside the Manhattan-bound 7 train. Disturbing cell phone footage shows a fight spilling out of the train onto the platform, during which a man pulled out a revolver as two other passengers attempted to break up the fight. The video abruptly changes viewpoint as shots can be heard ringing out and the victim falls to the ground as other passengers scream and scatter (warning: graphic).
Fox News reports that as of Monday, a suspect had been taken into custody in connection to the murder, which police now say may have been MS-13-related.
“Law enforcement sources told NY1 earlier today that the shooter belongs to MS-13 and the victim was a member of the 18th Street gang, one of MS-13's rivals. An interactive map created by the New York Daily News shows both gangs have been active in the area where the killing happened,” Fox reports.
The identities of the victim and the suspect have not been released, and it’s not yet known what the fight was about. No one else was hurt during the incident.
MS-13 is a notoriously violent transnational gang with roots in El Salvador and deep holds in many U.S. cities including Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and New York City, whose ranks are often comprised of migrants who are in the country illegally.