Straphanger shot during robbery attempt at NYC subway station

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A Manhattan straphanger was shot in a robbery attempt aboard a train at the Union Square subway station during the evening rush Monday, law-enforcement sources said.

The attack happened on an uptown train shortly before 5 p.m. when the suspect demanded the 42-year-old victim’s cell phone — and shot him in the left leg when he refused, sources said.

The victim had been on his phone on an N train when he was approached by the gun-toting suspect, NYPD Chief Vincent Coogan said at a press conference at Union Square on Monday evening.

The shooting happened on board of a train during an attempted robbery.
The shooting happened on board of a train during an attempted robbery.
Peter Gerber

Coogan said the gunman fired one shot and hit the victim. 

The chief said there were cops in the mezzanine area of the station but that the unidentified suspect fled the station and is on the loose.

The victim was shot in the leg and is in the hospital in stable condition.
The victim was shot in the leg and is in the hospital in stable condition.
Peter Gerber

Police described him as 5-foot-9, wearing a black leather jacket, black pants and carrying a duffle bag — and a black revolver. 

The victim suffered non-life-threatening wounds and was taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition.

The incident is just the latest in a months-long uptick in transit crime in the Big Apple.

On Saturday, a 52-year-old man was injured when he was shoved onto Brooklyn subway tracks during another robbery attempt.

Earlier this month, another man was attacked and stabbed during a squabble at a Greenwich Village station, police said.

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