Shocking raw video shows the moment a confrontation between two New York City subway riders turned deadly.
Police say a 69-year-old retired corrections officer shot Gilbert Drogheo, 32, inside Brooklyn's Borough Hall station around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police arrested the suspected shooter at the scene, but there's a chance he won't be charged. His name was not released.
"He appears to be a licensed gun-holder, so unless it's determined that it was a bad shooting, he shouldn’t be charged," a high-ranking police source told the New York Daily News.
Witnesses say an argument between the passengers on a No. 4 train spilled out onto the platform after Drogheo or one of his friends punched the 69-year-old in the head. Tensions were already running high during Tuesday rush hour, as multiple lines in the MTA system were strained and overcrowded due to signal problems in lower Manhattan.
Straphanger Thomas Berry told the New York Daily News that the dispute started when Drogheo and another man started harassing the suspect when he shoved his way onto a crowded train at Bowling Green in Manhattan.
"They were talking mad trash," Berry told the newspaper. "They must have been drunk."
Witnesses said the officer told Drogheo and his friend to leave him alone, but they wouldn't listen. One of the men punched the former corrections officer in the head as he tried to leave the train at Borough Hall, according to police. That's when the suspect pulled the gun on Drogheo.
In cell phone footage of the incident, the suspect can be seen following Drogheo through Burrough Hall station. The two men engage in a brief struggle before a shot is fired.
People screamed and ran when they heard a shot go off. Witnesses say the bullet hit Drogheo below the heart at close range. He was pronounced dead at an area hospital. Police said the suspected shooter remained on the scene, where he was arrested.