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Brooklyn subway attack suspect to make 1st court appearance

The man accused of committing a mass shooting on a subway train in Brooklyn is expected to make his first court appearance Thursday

NEW YORK — The man accused of opening fire on a crowded subway train in Brooklyn is expected to make his first court appearance Thursday as investigators continue to examine his possible motive.

Frank James, 62, was arrested in Manhattan on Wednesday, a day after the attack. Police say he unleashed smoke bombs and dozens of bullets in a train full of morning commuters, shooting 10 people.

James didn’t respond to shouting reporters Wednesday as he was led from a police precinct into a car headed for a federal detention center.

Authorities say a trove of evidence connects James to the attack. His credit card and a key to a van he had rented were found at the shooting scene. Officers also recovered the handgun used in the shooting, which tracing records show James purchased from a licensed gun dealer in Ohio in 2011.

Investigators were examining many hours of videos that James posted on social media, including one a day before the attack, in which he delivered profanity-laced diatribes about racism, society’s treatment of Black people, homelessness and violence. He also talked about his history of psychiatric treatment, and he complained about New York’s mayor is dealing with homeless people on subways and with gun violence.

A lawyer appointed to represent James didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

James was born and raised in New York City but had moved to Milwaukee. He’d recently left Wisconsin and had briefly lived in Philadelphia.