Man sought by NYPD for subway shooting compared Black Americans to Holocaust Jews
In long tirades on YouTube, Frank James, 62, person of interest in Brooklyn mass shooting, said a Nazi party will rise in the US and enslave its neighbors.
NEW YORK — A man sought by police in connection with a mass shooting in New York City on Tuesday has compared Black Americans to Jews during the Holocaust in several tirades posted online.
A gunman fired a barrage of bullets into a rush-hour subway train on Tuesday morning in Brooklyn, shooting at least 10 people, and is still at large.
Police are scouring the city for Frank James, 62, who rented a van that is believed to be connected to the violence. The key to the van was found on the train among belongings believed to belong to the attacker, along with James’s credit card. Initial reports about the attacker matched James’s appearance.
James has not been named as a suspect or charged with any crimes, and police said they are unsure whether he is connected to the shooting.
An individual who appears to be James regularly posted violent, bigoted tirades on a personal YouTube channel. Police released a photo of the individual taken from the YouTube channel, and law enforcement officials confirmed to the New York Times that it was the same person they were looking for.
The channel has dozens of videos, some over an hour long, mostly featuring James ranting to the camera. He often discusses race, violence and current events, and his scorn is directed at both white Americans and other Black people, including New York City Mayor Eric Adams.Police officers patrol a subway station in New York after a mass shooting at a station in Brooklyn,
In at least three videos, he compares the experience of Black Americans to Jews during the Holocaust.
In a video titled “WE ARE THEM,” posted on February 2, he discusses a controversy that erupted at that time over comedian Whoopi Goldberg’s comments about the Holocaust. Goldberg said the Holocaust was “not about race,” but about two groups of white people “fighting each other.”