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A man who police said was accosted by three others during an early Saturday morning New York City subway ride allegedly shot to death one of his assailants and critically wounded the other two, police said.

Transit Police Lt. Robert Otten said the cause of the early morning shooting aboard the southbound No. 2 train at the South Bronx's Freeman Street Station was unknown.

The killing was the second of the week week in New York City's troubled subway system. A homeless man was beaten to death last Sunday on a subway platform after he allegedly attacked a man and his 3-year-old son.

Otten said the gunman in Saturday's shooting fled after the attack.

No arrests have been made and the type of handgun used was unknown.

In 1984, the so-called "subway vigilante" Bernhard Goetz shot four youths, but Otten said, "In Goetz's case it was an out-and-out attempt at robbery. Here we don't know."

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