Nets respond to ‘devastating’ subway shootings in Brooklyn that left dozens injured

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A gunman set fire to a smoke canister and opened fire in a New York City subway and train station, injuring at least 28 people during Tuesday morning’s commute.

A manhunt is underway for the suspect, who shot at least 10 people at 36th Street Station in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, about half a mile from the Nets’ training facility in the neighborhood.

“It’s obviously a very tragic morning,” Nets coach Steve Nash told ESPN. “We are devastated for the community and for those directly involved. I do not know many details, so I do not want to go too far, but we are just all concerned about all involved. And at the same time try to advise and be focused on our task at hand. “

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Head coach Steve Nash talks to referee Ken Mauer # 41 during Game 5 of the second round of the Eastern Conference at Barclays Center on June 15, 2021 in the Brooklyn neighborhood of New York City.

Head coach Steve Nash talks to referee Ken Mauer # 41 during Game 5 of the second round of the Eastern Conference at Barclays Center on June 15, 2021 in the Brooklyn neighborhood of New York City.
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The attack began at 8:24 a.m., when an N train arrived in Manhattan at 36th St. station in Sunset Park.

“She sent us a text saying there might be some traffic, but I do not know why,” said Kevin Durant. “And then you look through your phone and you see things.”

Brooklyn Nets striker Kevin Durant (7) drives to the court against Philadelphia 76ers striker Tobias Harris (12) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, December.  16, 2021, in New York.  The Nets won 114-105.

Brooklyn Nets striker Kevin Durant (7) drives to the court against Philadelphia 76ers striker Tobias Harris (12) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, December. 16, 2021, in New York. The Nets won 114-105.
(AP Photo / Mary Altaffer)

After arriving at the practice facility Tuesday night for the Nets’ play-off home game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night, Durant said he could hear the sounds of helicopters and sirens outside.

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“It’s devastating,” Durant said after the team completed its walkthrough exercise. “I do not know the details. To hear the sirens for the rehearsal facility and to see so much excitement outside, hope and pray for the best for all involved.”

“The boys heard quite a few stories on social media, via their phones, and hopefully we can figure this out,” he added. “And people [can be] safe. I know it’s been a few people shots. It’s an unfortunate situation. Hopefully they will get it out. “

NYPD Counterterrorism units responded to the scene, while additional units, including police K9s and heavy weaponsare deployed at subway stations around New York City, a high-quality law enforcement source told Fox News Digital.

This photo provided by Will B Wylde, a person being helped outside a subway car in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Tuesday, April 12, 2022. A gunman filled a rush-hour subway train with smoke and shot several people Tuesday, causing injured commuters to bleed on a Brooklyn platform as others raged, authorities said.  Police were still searching for the suspect.

This photo provided by Will B Wylde, a person being helped outside a subway car in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Tuesday, April 12, 2022. A gunman filled a rush-hour subway train with smoke and shot several people Tuesday, causing injured commuters to bleed on a Brooklyn platform as others raged, authorities said. Police were still searching for the suspect.
(Will B Wylde via AP)

Nash said he did not know about the tragedy until around the time the team began its walkthrough exercise. Some teammates taking the subway were all thought to be responsible, and the Nets were prepared as if the game would go ahead on Tuesday night as planned.

“I hate violence, I hate senseless violence,” Durant said. “Hopefully we can figure out the details and bring everyone to safety and get everyone the help they need, but it’s a difficult situation at the moment.”

Goran Dragic, who arrived at the training facility for the incident, said he later spoke with assistant coach Jordan Ott about how close the shooting was to the team facility.

,[Ott] said, ‘Do you see that yellow building? That’s where that happened, “Dragic said.” So it’s really close. It’s a little scary how close it was. I’ve been to the subway a few times already, but now, I do not know. I have my doubts. “

Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) drives to the court as Milwaukee Bucks guard Matthew Delavedova (8) defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Nov.  17, 2016, in Miami.  Dragic is now with the Nets.

Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) drives to the court as Milwaukee Bucks guard Matthew Delavedova (8) defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, in Miami. Dragic is now with the Nets.
(AP Photo / Lynne Sladky)

The suspect, described as an approximately 5-foot-5 Black man with a heavy build, is still at large and is “dangerous,” New York Gov. Kathy Hochul told reporters nearly four hours after the shooting.

Durant, Kyrie Irving, Seth Curry, Bruce Brown and Andre Drummond make the starting lineup for the Nets’ play-in game against the Cavaliers tonight. The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET.

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