Police search for man after subway riders hit with pepper spray

EAST FLATBUSH, Brooklyn  — A New York City subway ride took a turn for the painful for a group of passengers who ended up getting hit with a pepper spray discharge.

Authorities say a man apparently let off the spray in a train car during an argument around 9 p.m. Saturday night. The No. 2 subway train was near the Beverly Road station in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn.

Officials said 15 passengers suffered minor injuries, including nausea and skin irritation.

Officials say the man who sprayed the irritant fled the scene in an unknown direction.

He is described to be in his 30s and 5-feet 10-inches tall. He was last seen wearing eye glasses, a black shirt, dark-colored pants and carrying a dark-colored backpack.

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