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NYC subway rider who shot ‘aggressive’ straphanger during rush-hour commute won’t be charged: ‘Self-defense’

The Brooklyn straphanger who shot a berserk man attacking him on a rush-hour train will not be charged, prosecutors said Friday — as new video surfaced of the gunman’s bust on the stairs of the station.

“Yesterday’s shooting inside a crowded subway car was shocking and deeply upsetting,’’ said Oren Yaniv, a spokesman for the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, in an e-mailed statement.

“The investigation into this tragic incident is ongoing but, at this stage, evidence of self-defense precludes us from filing any criminal charges against the shooter.”

Thursday’s shooter, identified by law-enforcement sources and a relative as 32-year-old dad-of-two Younece Obuad, was freed after questioning by authorities Friday.

Newly surfaced footage showed him splayed out face-down on stairs in the station with a cop standing over him as pandemonium reigned around them.

Dajuan Robinson was shot in the altercation.
Dajuan Robinson was shot in the altercation.
Thursday’s shooter, identified by law-enforcement sources and a relative as Younece Obuad, was freed after questioning by authorities.
Thursday’s shooter, identified by law-enforcement sources and a relative as Younece Obuad, was freed after questioning by authorities.

The video also captured the shot man who had been tormenting him, Dajuan Robinson, 36, lying bleeding on the floor of the subway car as another guy repeatedly yells, “Oh, my God!”

The lawyer for Daniel Penny — a former Marine being prosecuted in the Manhattan subway chokehold death of disturbed rider Jordan Neely — told The Post that Friday’s decision to free Obuad is appropriate.

“I applaud the Brooklyn district attorney for exercising the prosecutorial discretion to realize that somebody who was forced to defend himself and others shouldn’t be subjected to a criminal indictment — I think that’s how it should play out,’’ said Penny’s lawyer, Thomas Kenniff.

“This is the same environment that confronted my client last year,’’ the lawyer claimed, referring to Penny’s infamous fatal caught-on-video takedown of Neely, which the ex-military man said was in defense of other passengers he was threatening.

“It underscores the feeling that so many innocent New Yorkers have that if you’re riding the subway system, you are rendered defenseless,’’ Kenniff said. “Unfortunately in the case of my client, when you do step up to protect yourselves and others, you wind up being persecuted yourself.”

In Thursday’s shooting, Robinson had brought a .380 Ruger and knife onto the evening A train when the older man launched a bizarre verbal attack on Obuad, a stranger, police and law-enforcement sources said.

At least four gunshots were heard as the train approached the Hoyt–Schermerhorn Streets station. Paul Martinka
At least four gunshots were heard as the train approached the Hoyt–Schermerhorn Streets station. Paul Martinka

As the dispute between the men heated up, a woman with Obuad stabbed Robinson with her own blade, they said.

A bleeding ranting Robinson then pulled out his own knife before quickly putting it away and displaying his gun, prompting him and Obuad to start tussling, cops said.

At least four bullets were fired during the skirmish.

Robinson ended up being shot twice in the right side of his face —including through his eye — once in the neck and another time in the chest, as well being stabbed twice in the back, sources said.

He remained hospitalized in critical condition, sources said.

A woman at Obuad’s last known address in Brooklyn told The Post on Friday that she is the maternal grandmother of his two young children, the eldest of whom is 6, but hadn’t seen him in years and had no contact with him.

Robinson was shot twice in the side of his face, once in the neck and once in the chest, in addition to being stabbed twice in the back. Peter Gerber
Robinson was shot twice in the side of his face, once in the neck and once in the chest, in addition to being stabbed twice in the back. Peter Gerber

Obuad works in smoke shops.

He was arrested on drug-peddling charges in East New York, Brooklyn, on Feb . 20, sources said.

In that case, Obuad allegedly sold Subozone — a drug used to treat opiod addiction — to an undercover cop, and officers later recovered seven plastic wrappers containing it from a fanny pack behind the counter at the smoke shop, according to the complaint. He was released on his own recognizance.

He also had been involved in several domestic incidents, all of which have had their details sealed, but was mostly the victim in those cases, source said.

Obuad’s lawyer did not respond to a Post request for comment Friday.

Additional reporting by Khristina Narizhnaya