14-year-old boy arrested for shooting MTA conductor, other man with BB gun: NYPD

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MTA bb gun attack

An MTA conductor who was the victim of an attack on Nov. 8, 2021, is pictured. (Courtesy: Transport Workers Union)

NEW YORK — A boy accused of shooting an MTA conductor with a BB gun Nov. 8 was arrested Tuesday, a spokesperson for the Transport Workers Union said.

“The people responsible need to be held accountable,” union President Eric Loegel said. “We will continue to support our member and provide him any assistance he needs through his recovery.”

The 14-year-old boy is charged with second-degree assault, third-degree assault and possession of a weapon in the incident. Police are still searching for other suspects, TWU spokesman Pete Donohue said.

In an exclusive interview with PIX11 News after the incident, MTA conductor Trevor Thomas said he could have been killed if the teen used a real gun.

“It could have been worse,” Thomas said.

That attack was the third time Thomas says he has been assaulted on the job.

“Nobody should have to go through what the victims of this BB gun shooter, including our subway conductor who was brutally ambushed by the perpetrator, had to endure,” MTA spokesperson Kayla Shults said. “The MTA installed cameras at every station to make clear to criminals targeting transit customers they will be identified and face justice.”

The same boy was also arrested and charged in a separate incident that took place before the subway shooting, police said.

On Nov. 3, the boy and other juveniles shot a 73-year-old man in the face with a BB gun. Police said he was recording the shooting on his cellphone.

The boy faces the same charges in the first incident — two counts of assault and one count of possession of a weapon.

Police said they are working on identifying other juvenile suspects in the two incidents.

“This goes beyond just [kids] being dumb,” police said. “This was criminal.”

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