Three people were hospitalized with injures after an altercation between two women led to pepper spray being released on a Manhattan-bound A subway train at the Howard Beach-JFK Airport train station Monday morning.
Police believe the incident stemmed from an argument between the women that broke out around 9:30 a.m. as the train was traveling between Broad Channel and Howard Beach. One woman is believed to have sprayed the other with pepper spray, but the release of the substance affected other passengers.
The train was evacuated and at least 20 people reported eye irritation as a result. Three people were taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center with minor injuries.
The incident concerned some residents nearby who feared an act of terror, especially considering the location of the event — at the subway station that connects to the AirTrain to JFK Airport, but FDNY officials on the scene quickly suggested the substance was likely pepper spray and that it posed no danger to anyone outside the train.
— Domenick Rafter