Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg today announced the indictment of ANDREW ABDULLAH, 25, for fatally shooting Daniel Enriquez inside a subway car on May 22, 2022. ABDULLAH is charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with Murder in the Second Degree and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree.
“Daniel Enriquez’s vibrant life was brutally cut short in a flash of violence that shocked our city,” said District Attorney Bragg. “My heart goes out to Mr. Enriquez’s loved ones as they continue to mourn the death of a cherished son, brother, partner, and so much more. I want to assure them – and all New Yorkers – that we will stop at nothing to ensure accountability for this terrible crime, and to make sure our subways are safe for all. And finally, I want to thank the first responders and passengers who tried so diligently to save Mr. Enriquez. In a dark moment for our city, your bravery shined a light on the heart of New Yorkers.”
According to court documents and statements made on the record in court, the morning of May 22, 2022, ABDULLAH boarded a Manhattan-bound Q train in Brooklyn with a loaded pistol in his pocket. At approximately 11:42 a.m., while the train was between the Dekalb Avenue and Canal Street stations, ABDULLAH began to pace back and forth near the center of the train car. Unprovoked, ABDULLAH drew his pistol and fired one shot at 48-year-old Daniel Enriquez, striking him in chest.
While passengers ran to the sides of the train and hid, ABDULLAH allegedly told the passengers to put away their cell phones, and that they would all be getting off at the next stop. When the train arrived at the Canal Street station, ABDULLAH fled the train, while passengers, MTA employees, and first responders tried to treat Mr. Enriquez. Mr. Enriquez was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced dead from blood loss. ABDULLAH was arrested two days later.
Assistant D.A.s Samantha LiTrenta, Joseph Goldstein, and Nicole Blumberg are handling the prosecution of this case under the supervision of Executive Assistant D.A.s Joyce Smith (Chief of the Special Victims Division) and Lisa DelPizzo (Chief of the Trial Division). Analysts Jesse Hixon and Desiree Marks and Paralegals Alison Leung, Una Cooper, Bailey Hutchins, and Tiffany Sanabia assisted with the case. The Witness Aid Services Unit also provided valuable assistance, including Victim Services Counselors Natalie Brenes Ramirez, and Donovan Smile; Supervisor Rokel Jefferson; Specialist Shelby Whalen; and Co-Director Beverly Gilchrist.
D.A. Bragg thanked the NYPD, and particularly, members of the 5th Precinct and the Manhattan South Homicide Squad.
- Murder in the Second Degree, a class A-I felony, one count
- Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class C felony, two counts