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Syrian man hailed after claiming to help arrest Brooklyn shooter

Praise is pouring in for a Syrian immigrant who is among a number of people claiming to have spotted and reported the man wanted for shooting 10 people on a busy subway train in Brooklyn, New York.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Zack Tahhan told reporters on Wednesday that he was installing security equipment for a shop when he spotted 62-year-old Frank James, whose image had been widely dispersed by local authorities as the man wanted for the attack on Tuesday morning.

I thought, ‘Oh my God, this is the guy, we need to get him,’” Tahhan told a drove of reporters near the scene after James’ arrest.

“He was walking down the street, I see the police car. I said, ‘Yo, this is the guy,’ and we catch him, thank God,” said Tahhan, who said he lives in New Jersey now, having moved to the US from Syria five years ago.

New York Attorney General Letitia James tweeted a video of Tahhan, writing “thank you for your bravery today, Zack”.

“All of New York is grateful,” she said.

The NYPD, who is leading the investigation, did not immediately confirm what role Tahhan played in the capture, with several others also telling local media they had called police on James.

Meanwhile, The Associated Press, quoting two law enforcement officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said James reported himself to police before he was arrested at a fast-food restaurant in Manhattan’s East Village.

The hashtag #ThankYouZack trended on social media following the arrest.

On Twitter, James J Zogby, founder of the Arab American Institute, wrote “Thanks Zack, for making us proud”.

New York City Councilman Robert Holden said “Thank you, Zack Tathhan (sic)! Great work!”

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