A subway shooting left a 19-year-old Bronx man dead early this morning. Rayquon Story of Hughes Avenue boarded an uptown 5 train after attending a picnic. Story and the friends he was with got into an argument with another group on the train and one of those men opened fire, hitting Story in the neck and leg, as the train approached Dyre Avenue in Eastchester. The shooter fled at that station, which has an elevated platform. Three of Story’s other friends were shot, one of them, who was shot in the abdomen, is listed in serious condition Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center.
This is at least the third subway attack since last summer. In June 2006, a tourist was stabbed, randomly, in Harlem, while on the C with his girlfriend. And in February 2007, a 20-year-old man from Lower East was stabbed to death on an L train platform in East New York.
NYsubway.com theorizes that a reduction in station attendants to cut costs makes subway platforms opportune for violent incidents.
Earlier this summer, the NYPD announced that according to statistics from 1990 on, being the victim of serious subway crime is rare these days.