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Several children were among the dozens who were injured during a major shooting incident at a subway station in Brooklyn when a suspect fired at least 33 shots and used smoke grenades on the train, authorities said.
Juvenile victims, including a 12-year-old, were transported to Maimonides Hospital in varying conditions, following Tuesday’s violent attack that injured 29 victims, WABC reported.
The children were reported on their way to school when the attack occurred, officials said.
A 12-year-old victim suffered only minor injuries and was quickly discharged from the hospital, according to the report.
A 16-year-old victim suffered a hand injury in the attack and underwent an operation, officials said. The juvenile’s recovery will take time, his surgeons said.
“It was a pretty devastating injury to the thumb and it destroyed a lot of the bone, the joint, the tendons, the nerves but we were able to salvage the thumb and it’s alive and he will need some more surgery,” hand surgeon Jack Choueka said, WABC reported.
Two other victims, ages 13 and 15, who suffered minor injuries have already been released from the hospital, according to the report.
An 18-year-old victim was also shot in the leg, officials said.
“We were prepared to care for 10, 20, 30 patients if we needed to. Fortunately, we only had five — three were in very good shape and were able to be discharged,” Maimonides Medical Center Chair of the Department Dr. John Marshall said, according to the report.
Authorities are still searching for the suspect and have identified a person of interest in the investigation.