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NYC Subway Shooting: Two Residents End the Nightmare

This summary about the NYC shooting at a Sunset Park subway station was featured in Documented’s Early Arrival newsletter. You can subscribe to receive it in your inbox three times per week here.

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The immigration stories of NYC residents Franciso & Zack who helped police arrest the Brooklyn subway shooting suspect

NYC residents Francisco Puebla and Sakaria “Zack” Radwan Tahhan were installing security cameras when they pointed the Frank James, who was being hunted for allegedly shooting a Sunset Park subway station, out to officers in the East Village. 

By chance, they happened to be at the right place at the right time and assisted in bringing a 30-hour sweeping search to an end. 

Puebla and Tahhan escaped poverty and war in Mexico and Syria, and settled in the United States when they were teenagers. Puebla is now 46 years old, and Tahhan is 21.

Documented’s Giulia McDonnell Nieto Del Rio went to East Village to speak to both of them, and they tell unique stories of going from grass to grace as they strove for better economic opportunities and safety in the U.S. 

Tahhan was born in the U.S.—and the only one of his five siblings who has U.S. citizenship. His parents took him to Syria when he was a baby, then when the Syrian civil war began, they embarked on a journey by foot to Turkey, where Tahhan lived till he was about 18. Now, he lives in New Jersey. His first job was assisting in moving heavy furniture, now he installs security cameras and hopes to, one day, bring his family, who he sends money to on a monthly basis, to the U.S. 

“America is great…I like it here, more safety,” Tahhan said. “Over there [in Syria], it was not life.” His family was elated to hear he helped the police arrest the suspect. 

Puebla came to the U.S. when he was just about 14 years old. Now, in his forties, he was two kids —ages 8 and 12— who were born here. His eight-year-old son embraced him saying “my hero”, when he learnt Puebla had helped police to capture the shooter suspect. Puebla was shocked to hear about the shooting in Sunset Park, his old neighborhood, on Tuesday. Many of his fellow Hispanics reside in the area too, and the occurrence hit close to home. 

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