JAMAICA, Queens (PIX11) — A 24-year-old man was shot and killed Monday afternoon at the Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer station in Queens, police said.
Police said the shooting took place after the victim got into an argument with someone else near the station’s token booth. The argument turned physical, and at one point the suspect pulled out a gun because he was “losing” the fight.
The victim, Marcus Bethea, was shot in the chest multiple times, police said. Officials believe five shots were fired total; a gun was recovered at the scene.
Bethea was confirmed dead by police at about 6:20 p.m. He was pronounced dead at a hospital after being transported there by EMS.
Even amid a general rise in transit crime, NYPD Transit Chief Jason Wilcox said shots being fired in the system are “infrequent and rare.”
Still, Queens resident Tamar Spears told PIX11 News subway shootings — including one in Brooklyn just two weeks ago — have left her on high alert. She was near the station when she heard the shots ring out underground.
“It makes you feel scared,” Spears said. “Scared to … travel on public transportation knowing that there are people that don’t care about other people’s lives.”
Police did not release a description of the suspect, who fled the station after the shooting. Surveillance video of the incident is being reviewed by the NYPD.
No arrests have been made and an investigation is ongoing. Wilcox said part of that investigation will determine where officers were inside the station; he said no officers were near the booth where the attack occurred.
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