Mayor Adams calls subway killing NYers’ ‘worst nightmare’ as he promises action

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Mayor Eric Adams declared Monday that it’s his “responsibility to keep New Yorkers safe” as he acknowledged the broad daylight murder Sunday morning of a Brooklyn man riding a Q train across the Manhattan Bridge was every Big Apple resident’s “worst nightmare.”

Adams reacted to the harrowing incident during an unrelated press conference, when he was asked to respond to outcry from the family of the Goldman Sachs employee who was gunned down while on the way to brunch Sunday in the “random” attack.

“It is their worst nightmare. I use the subway a lot, I’m in the system a lot, and it’s unimaginable,” he told reporters in Upper Manhattan. “You’re sitting down, going to brunch, going to visit a family member, a person walks up to you and shoots you for no reason. Not a dispute — which is horrific to do it when [there is] a dispute — but that is the worst nightmare.

“It is my responsibility to keep New Yorkers safe. My heart goes out to that family, I am sorry that they lost their loved one. We have to continue to make sure that we’re not losing our loved ones,” he said earlier in the news conference. “I understand their pain, and I have to make sure the city is safe, and I want that obligation.”

Eric Adams on the subway.
“I use the subway a lot, I’m in the system a lot, and it’s unimaginable,” Mayor Eric Adams said of the tragic shooting.
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Eric Adams swipes a MetroCard.
“I have to make sure the city is safe,” Mayor Eric Adams vowed.
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He added, “I thank God I am the mayor right now, and not those who don’t understand the urgency of this moment.”

On Sunday morning, a gunman shot and killed 48-year-old Daniel Enriquez “without provocation” while the Park Slope resident was riding the subway to Manhattan, cops said. 

The shooter — who was wearing a dark jacket, white mask, and light-colored pants, and is still on the loose as of Monday afternoon — was seen walking back and forth in a car of the Q train about 11:42 a.m., when he pulled out a gun and opened fire on the unsuspecting victim, police and sources have said.

Daniel Enriquez.
Daniel Enriquez was shot and killed “without provocation.”

“Completely random,” a police source previously told The Post.

When the train arrived at the Canal Street station, the Q train operator attempted to revive Enriquez, but he could not be saved. He was pronounced dead shortly after at Bellevue Hospital. 

The suspect — described as a dark-skinned, heavyset man with a beard — handed off the gun to a homeless man, who then sold the murder weapon to a third person, according to police sources. 

Law enforcement sources told The Post Monday that they are searching for Andrew Abdullah, who has 19 prior arrests, in connection to the cold-blooded killing.

On Sunday, Enriquez’s family told The Post the five boroughs “is not safe,” and commanded the mayor, “Do your job.”

And on Monday, Enriquez’s live-in partner fumed about rampant Big Apple transit violence, anticipating that little would change as a result of the shooting, as he revealed the slain man had recently been riding subway because he didn’t want to pay Uber’s recently increased prices. 

Asked if he believes the broad-daylight shooting — the fourth subway homicide of 2022 — will hamper his ongoing efforts to urge employers to get workers to return to their offices after working remotely during the pandemic, Adams predicted that it would.

Scene of shooting.
The Q train operator attempted to revive Daniel Enriquez, but he could not be saved.
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Emergency responders carry out Daniel Enriquez.
The broad-daylight shooting of Daniel Enriquez is the fourth subway homicide of 2022.
Michael Dalton

“Oh, yes, it has a chilling effect, just as the April shooting in Sunset Park had a chilling effect,” he said, referencing subway riders’ fears after Frank James allegedly shot 10 people on a crowded rush-hour N train.

“And a New Yorker is resilient. We respond accordingly. We get hit in the gut, we get our air back, and we know we have to move forward.”

The pro-business mayor vowed to speak with major New York City employers with the aim of assuaging their fears of mandating that employees commute to their workplaces.

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The subway shooter is still on the loose.

“My job as the mayor is to make sure this system is safe, so that we don’t have that chilling effect,” he said. “And yes, I’m going to meet with business leaders, because they’re concerned, they’re concerned about the employees. Doesn’t matter if the employee is a restaurant worker or a Goldman Sachs employee.”

“Historically, there was a vacuum when you have a shooting like this, and no one [was] sitting down with the industries that are impacted. I’m not doing that,” the mayor added, in a jab at former Mayor Bill de Blasio’s contentious relationship with large city employers. “We already have pre-existing relationships with my corporate leaders.”

After the Monday morning press event, Adams rode the subway from Upper Manhattan down to City Hall.

Meanwhile, Adams pledged to, at some point down the road, set up gun-detecting high-tech devices at Big Apple subway stations, as he scoffed at unnamed critics of the idea that he first floated following last month’s subway shooting in Sunset Park.

“There are a small number of well-oiled Twitter users that are attacking everything we do to keep the city safe,” he said. “That’s noise.”

“One thing is for clear: I am going to use technology to keep New Yorkers safe.”

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