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Brooklyn subway shooter posted profanity-filled YouTube videos with ‘Black nationalist rhetoric’

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Police are searching for Frank R. James, a man of interest in connection to the Brooklyn Subway terror attack during Tuesday morning’s rush hour commute. At least 29 people were injured in the bloody attack, a few in critical condition but are expected to survive. Investigators believe the gunman, wearing a gas mask and bright construction vest, set off smoke grenades and fired rounds out of a handgun before it jammed.

James, 62, rented a U-haul van which was later found, unoccupied, near a subway station where investigators believe is where the gunman entered the train system. Many have looked into James’ social media where he discusses pro Black nationalist rhetoric.

James created many profanity-filled YouTube videos. The Associated Press reports the videos “are replete with Black nationalist rhetoric, violent language and bigoted comments, some of them directed at other Black people. One, posted April 11, criticizes crime against Black people and says drastic action is needed to change things.”

Several videos mention New York’s subways, and New York Mayor Eric Adams is a recurring theme of the videos, reports the AP. The Mayor’s security has been heightened since the attack.

In a February 20 video, James said New York’s mayor and governor’s plan to address homelessness and safety for its subway system “is doomed for failure.” He also refers to himself as a “victim” of the mayor’s mental health program. A January 25 video criticized Adams’ plans to end gun violence.

Police said the weapon used in the attack, along with extended magazines, a hatchet, detonated and undetonated smoke grenades, a black garbage can, a rolling cart, gasoline and the key to a U-Haul van were found by police.

Chief of Detectives James Essig said the gunman was sitting in the back of the train’s second car when he tossed two smoke grenades on the floor, pulled out a Glock 9 mm semi-automatic handgun and started firing.

One rider and witness Juliana Fonda, said passengers in the smoke-filled car pounded on the door to the adjacent car attempting to escape.

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  1. Daniel McGuire

    April 13, 2022 at 2:55 pm

    I wonder about his criminal record. If he was “known to the police” it would seem he has one. When will it come out?

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Information emerges on ‘conspiracy-minded former Democratic campaign staffer’ who lit himself on fire outside Trump trial

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As the jury selection for former President Donald Trump’s hush-money trial was being finalized, Max Azzarello set himself on fire Friday afternoon outside the Manhattan courthouse. The event was caught on video by multiple media outlets, and police officers can be seen in the videos dousing Azzarello’s body with a fire extinguisher.

National Review reports on the bizarre occurrence:

Azzarello appears to be a conspiracy-minded former Democratic campaign staffer and operations manager who threw pamphlets into the air before self-immolating that directed bystanders to his Substack blog, “The Ponzi Papers.” Azzarello writes on his Substack of a supposed “totalitarian con” and identifies himself as the man who set himself on fire outside of the Trump courthouse.

Azzarello warns of what he believes to be cryptocurrency ponzi scheme being manipulated by economic elites, most notably tech billionaire Peter Thiel. He claims the government is a “secret kleptocracy” full of financial criminals and highlights The Simpsons as a tool supposedly used by elites to brainwash the American people.

His LinkedIn page features a picture of himself with former president Bill Clinton, a subject of his conspiracy theories, and lists his various marketing and operations positions in politics and tech.

 

 

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