NEW YORK — The cold-blooded Manhattan subway killer who shot a Goldman Sachs researcher at random was captured on video giving the murder weapon to a homeless man who quickly sold the gun, police sources said Monday.
NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell tweeted surveillance photos of the suspect in what she called the “tragic, senseless shooting” of Daniel Enriquez and asked the public’s help tracking him down.
“We need all eyes on this,” Sewell said of the photos of the suspect.
Cops are looking to question a 25-year-old ex-con, Andrew Abdullah, in connection with the shooting, though he has not been named a suspect or person of interest, sources said.
Enriquez was shot at 11:45 a.m. Sunday aboard a Q train crossing the Manhattan Bridge.
“According to witnesses, the suspect was walking back and forth in the same train car,” NYPD Chief of Department Kenneth Corey said shortly after the shooting. “And without provocation, pulled out a gun and fired it at the victim at close range as the train was crossing the Manhattan Bridge.”
The heavyset, bearded suspect, who by witness accounts had no prior interaction with Enriquez, got off the train at the Canal Street station and ran, Corey said. The victim was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, where he died at 12:14 p.m.
Surveillance video obtained by the NYPD shows the suspect giving the gun away to a homeless person while making his escape, sources said.
The homeless man, later tracked down by cops, told investigators he quickly sold the gun, sources said.
Abdullah has more than a dozen arrests and served time in state prison on a gun and conspiracy conviction and was conditionally released by parole in June 2019.
He was quickly busted again in January 2020 for resisting arrest. Cops found a loaded Glock 40-caliber firearm on him while walking him into the precinct, prosecutors said. He posted the $100,000 bail in that case later that year and was released.
He ran afoul of the law again in March 2021 when he was arrested in a domestic violence case for punching, scratching and pushing a woman against a wall, according to a criminal complaint. Prosecutors said that in one of the domestic incidents the victim was holding a baby.
Both those cases are still pending.
More recently, Abdullah was busted April 25 in connection with a car stolen the day before in Brooklyn and was let go on supervised release.
Efforts to reach Abdullah and his relatives were unsuccessful.
Enriquez, a 48-year-old Goldman Sachs researcher going to meet his brother for brunch, was sitting in the last car of a Manhattan-bound Q train as it approached the Canal Street station when he was shot in the chest.
Enriquez’s partner Adam Pollack, 54, told the Daily News the victim usually never took the subway on weekends but recently had started to because of Uber surge pricing.
Enriquez joined the global investment research division of Goldman Sachs in 2013.
“Daniel Enriquez was a dedicated and beloved member of the Goldman Sachs family for nine years,” the investment firm’s Chairman and CEO David Solomon said in a statement. “He worked diligently to support our Macro Research team in New York and epitomized our culture of collaboration and excellence. We are devastated by this senseless tragedy.”
Train operator Luis Irizarry, 40, recounted the terrifying moment gunfire erupted in the car, according to an account from Transport Workers Union Local 100.
As he walked to the back of the car, Irizarry spotted Enriquez’s lifeless body.
“Nobody was helping him, so I got down and pushed down on his chest, giving chest compressions,” Irizarry recounted to the union. “I’m not a trained EMT but I was trying to help this man. I was trying to do chest compressions but to no avail. I saw the police coming and I waved them down.”
Griselda Vile, the victim’s 43-year-old sister, said the killer robbed her family — and the city — of a man who loved the city back.
Her brother, she said, graduated from New York University, worked for Goldman Sachs and donated countless hours of his time to artists in need.
“I want people to know that he was one of the smartest people I know,” she said. “He would try so hard to be in his family’s lives.”
“He was jovial, generous. He doesn’t do anything bad,” she added. “He’s a good person.”
The shooting comes just weeks after a gunman set off a smoke canister and sprayed 33 bullets into a crowded Manhattan-bound N train as it approached the 36th Street station in Brooklyn on April 12. Ten people were shot and wounded and 13 others were otherwise hurt.
The accused shooter, Frank James, has pleaded not guilty to federal terrorism charges.
Shootings on the subway had been rare in recent years. Through Sunday, crime is up 58% in the subway, with four murders, the same as last year. Fifteen people have been shot, including 10 in the Sunset Park incident, compared to two at this time last year.
Enriquez is survived by three sisters, one brother and his partner, Adam Pollack.
(Brittany Kriegstein contributed to this story.)