Questions have been raised about why subway cameras did not work during the mass shootings on the Brooklyn N train.

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — Questions and frustrations have been raised after multiple surveillance cameras failed to work during Tuesday’s mass shooting on a Brooklyn subway train.

It was discovered that surveillance cameras at three of the main subway stations where the shooting took place were not working.

The MTA did not respond to questions from 7 On Your Side Investigates about what was wrong.

The MTA spent millions of dollars on 10,000 cameras in New York’s 472 subway stations.

“We have incredible coverage throughout the system and especially on this line,” Janno Lieber said of the system’s monitoring system on Wednesday.

But the system wasn’t amazing for Tuesday’s survey.

During an appearance on CNN Wednesday night, MTA President and CEO Janno Lieber said there were “a few cameras that were definitely having internet connection issues,” but said the NYPD had come under scrutiny. end the video from top to bottom.

He says there were 600 cameras on that line in Brooklyn alone recording material that “helped” the department a lot.

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MTA cameras captured surveillance footage of the mass shooting suspect wearing a vest and hard hat as he entered the subway and Kings Highway, but police said the video was not being released to the three places after he entered and opened fire.

“We’re still investigating this to see why or how, whether it’s a mechanical issue or electrical issues, why these videos weren’t playing,” NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig said.

The cameras are purchased, operated and maintained by the MTA.

“That doesn’t sound good,” said Professor Robert Paaswell, who is the former head of the Chicago Transit Authority and a transportation and civil engineering expert.

“It’s shit, it’s real shit,” Passwell said. “If the person responsible for this worked for me at CTA, they would no longer work for me at CTA.”

“It’s the IT guy’s job to make sure the system is running perfectly, they have to do system checks every morning, they have to randomly cycle through stations, they have to continue random checks throughout the day,” Paaswell said.

7 On Your Side repeatedly asked the MTA on Wednesday what caused the outage and how many other cameras weren’t working and received no specific response.

“Our video was a source of investigation for the NYPD and they continue to go through other videos because they’re trying to follow it through the system in New York,” Lieber said.

The state comptroller audited the city cameras a few years ago, telling the MTA he could do a better job maintaining the system.

The MTA has made a series of improvements, but the 2019 report shows that it has not followed the first two recommendations: provide better camera training for new employees and focus resources on meeting maintenance objectives. preventive cameras.

It is unknown if any additional changes or improvements have been made since then.

“The subway system is New York’s lifeblood and we really need the mayor and governor to be able to deliver on the commitment they made to public safety,” Lieber said.

The MTA offers both live streaming and recorded video. Eyewitness News has learned that hundreds of NYPD detectives reviewed hours of footage overnight and identified at least three images of the suspect so far.

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