The cold-blooded Manhattan subway killer who randomly shot a Goldman Sachs researcher got away – but was later caught on video giving the murder weapon to a homeless man, have police sources said on Monday.
NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell tweeted surveillance photos of the suspect in what she called the “tragic and senseless shooting” of Daniel Enriquez and asked for the public’s help in locating him.
“We need all eyes on this,” Sewell said of the suspect’s photos.
Cops are seeking to question a man named Andrew Abdullah in connection with the shooting, although he has not been named a suspect or person of interest, sources said.
Surveillance video obtained by the NYPD shows the suspect giving the gun to a homeless man while escaping, a source said.
The homeless man, later found by cops, told investigators he quickly sold the gun, sources said.
Enriquez, a 48-year-old Goldman Sachs researcher who was heading to brunch with his brother, was seated in the last car of a Manhattan-bound Q train as it approached the Canal St. station when he was shot in the chest around 11:45 a.m. am Sunday.
“According to witnesses, the suspect was driving back and forth in the same train car,” NYPD Department Chief Kenneth Corey said shortly after the shooting. “And without provocation drew a gun and shot the victim at close range as the train crossed the Manhattan Bridge.”
The burly bearded suspect, who according to testimony had had no prior interaction with Enriquez, got off the train at Canal St. station and ran, Corey said. The victim was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, where she died at 12:14 p.m.
On Monday, Enriquez’s partner Adam Pollack, 54, told the Daily News that the victim usually never takes the subway on weekends, but had recently started doing so because of rising prices from Uber.
Enriquez joined the global investment research division of Goldman Sachs in 2013.
“Daniel Enriquez has been a dedicated and beloved member of the Goldman Sachs family for nine years,” the investment firm’s chairman and CEO, David Solomon, said in a statement. “He worked diligently to support our macro research team in New York and embodied our culture of collaboration and excellence. We are devastated by this senseless tragedy.
Train operator Luis Irizarry, 40, recounted the terrifying moment gunfire rang out in the car, Transport Workers’ Union Local 100 said.
As he walked to the back of the car, he spotted Enriquez’s lifeless body.
“No one was helping him, so I bent down and pressed down on his chest, doing chest compressions,” Irizarry told the union. “I’m not a trained paramedic, but I was trying to help this man. I tried to do chest compressions but to no avail. I saw the police coming and waved them over.
Griselda Vile, the victim’s 43-year-old sister, said the killer robbed her family – and the city – of a man who loved the city in return.
Her brother, she said, graduated from New York University, worked for Goldman Sachs and gave countless hours of his time to artists in need.
“I want people to know he was one of the smartest people I know,” she said. “He would try so hard to be in his family’s life.”
“He was jovial, generous. It does nothing wrong,” she added. “He’s a good person.”
The shooting comes just weeks after a gunman detonated a smoke canister and sprayed 33 bullets into a crowded Manhattan-bound N train as it approached the 36th Street station in Brooklyn on April 12 . Ten people were shot and 13 others were otherwise injured.
The accused shooter, Frank James, faces federal terrorism charges.
Shootings in the subway had been rare in recent years. Through May 15, 14 people have been shot on the city’s transit system, including James’s 10 victims. At this time last year, no one had been shot in the transit system.
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Enriquez is survived by three sisters, a brother, and his partner, Adam Pollack.
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