People streamed out of the 96th street station at Broadway in a panic early Thursday, and it appears it was because of an “unruly customer.” One twitter user said the person had jumped onto the tracks.
Update: Capt. Marlon Larin at the 24th precinct says the panic was caused by a report of a gun on the train, or a “gun run” in police parlance.
“An unknown person on a train yelled out that someone had a firearm and panic ensued. There were Transit units already on scene and there was no evidence of anyone actually possessing a gun.”
As one tipster wrote to us: “I live on the upper west side and take the 1/2/3 train to work in the morning. Today, around 7:50am, I was walking into the 96th street subway from the north side and hoards of people were running out, screaming and crying, telling people to not go down there. No one could tell me what happened.”
The MTA said on twitter that there was an “unruly customer” at 96th. (It was a busy morning on the 1, 2, 3 line. Later they also reported a sick passenger at 110th and another unruly person at 125th.)
@taryn1126 There was a report of an unruly customer at the 96 St subway. NYPD was notified. Service is on or close to schedule. ^JP
— NYCT Subway (@NYCTSubway) March 3, 2016
@patbits someone jumped in front of a train. Left a backpack on the platform, people ran thinking it was a bomb. May or may not be.
— Paola Massiel (@_PaolaMassiel) March 3, 2016
(Update: Paola tells us she didn’t witness the incident, but her friend did.)
@westsiderag I was there, but didn't see what happened, just hysteria coming my way. I was pushed down and stepped on. Scariest NYC moment.
— Karen Bridges (@karmib_ny) March 3, 2016
We have reached out to NYPD and witnesses and will hopefully have more information soon. If you have any information on this please let us know in the comments or at westsiderag at gmail.
File photo by Benjamin Kabak.