Police: suspect in fatal Q-train shooting in custody

UPDATE: Police say they now have Andrew Abdullah in custody.

The man accused of fatally shooting another passenger on a Q train on Sunday has been identified by police as Andrew Abdullah, a 25-year-old man with a string of previous arrests, records show.

Abdullah remained at large until Tuesday afternoon, two days after he allegedly fired a single shot in the chest of Daniel Enriquez on the last carriage of a subway crossing the Manhattan Bridge.

Witnesses told police the shooter paced the train before pulling out a gun. The victim, a 48-year-old researcher at Goldman Sachs, did not know the attacker, according to the police.

Records show that Abdullah previously had several run-ins with police in Brooklyn and Manhattan. In 2017, he was arrested along with a dozen gang members for his alleged involvement in a series of shootings and robberies in Harlem, according to a complaint from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. He spent more than a year and a half in police custody, before pleading guilty to 4th degree conspiracy and second degree attempted criminal possession of a weapon.

Since his release in 2019, he has been re-arrested at least three additional times. In January 2020, he was reportedly found with a loaded Glock .40 when a police officer spotted him smoking marijuana and attempted to arrest him. A judge set bail at $100,000 and Abdullah posted it, according to court records.

This case is pending. In October 2020, he was arrested for a domestic violence incident, allegedly hitting and shoving a woman while she was holding her baby, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. He is also due in court in June on the charge.

Last month, Abdullah was arrested another time after he allegedly got away in a Brooklyn man’s 2018 Lexus. This case is also pending.

In a Tweeter, NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell called on anyone with information about the alleged suspect to contact police.

“The NYPD detective is going to apprehend him,” she said, “but they need the help of every New Yorker.”

A lawyer who previously represented Abdullah did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

This story has been updated with additional information.

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