JAMAICA, Queens (PIX11) — Commuters were overcome with emotion and fear after witnessing a Brooklyn man gunned down inside a subway station in Queens during the evening rush hour on Monday. 

Five shots were fired inside the Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer station. Investigators said 24-year-old Marcus Bethea was targeted after getting into a heated argument with another man.

“There are cameras at this station, and investigators are reviewing security video,” NYPD Chief of Transit Jason Wilcox said. “Witnesses are being interviewed by detectives and a firearm has been recovered at the scene.”

Based on a video and witness accounts, detectives do not believe this was a random act of violence. Still, the incident was unsettling for straphangers just trying to make it home or to work.

“It makes you feel scared, very scared, to travel in public transportation, knowing that there are people that don’t care about other people’s lives, that don’t mind jeopardizing other people’s life to handle a dispute or an argument,” Tamar Spears, a Queens resident, said.

Crimes underground continue to surge 67% over last year, felony assaults increased 33%, and most prevalent are stabbings, which had a 70% uptick, according to the NYPD Transit Bureau.

Just two weeks ago, nearly two dozen people were injured in an attack inside a subway station in Brooklyn. Following the incident, Mayor Eric Adams announced an increase in police presence in the subway system.

Police asked the public for any information leading to the identification and arrest of the suspect in Monday’s shooting. They said he was last seen wearing a purple durag and burgundy jacket.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).