Chicago officials are expected to provide a public safety update on Wednesday after a man was shot and seriously injured aboard a CTA Red Line train Tuesday night.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Superintendent of Police. David Brown and Chicago Transit Authority Chairman Dorval Carter Jr. are scheduled to speak at 2 p.m. (Watch live in the player above)
The press conference comes hours after a 25-year-old man was seriously injured after being shot during an altercation on a CTA Red Line train.
Chicago police say the man was in a boxcar near 63rd Street station around 8:33 p.m. when he engaged in a verbal altercation with four other people.
During the altercation, one of the individuals pulled out a gun and began firing shots, hitting the victim twice in the stomach.
Police said the man was taken to an area hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.
The suspects were able to get off the train and flee the scene, and none are currently in custody. Area 1 detectives are continuing to investigate and train traffic has been halted near the scene during the investigation.
A number of other incidents have taken place at or near CTA stations in recent days.
Last week three people were shot dead near a Red Line station in the far north of the city and two men were beaten and robbed by a mob on a Red Line train.
Around the same time, a man was robbed by three other men at gunpoint while on a CTA train near 47th Street.
“The safety and security of transit riders is the No. 1 priority for CTA and the Chicago Police Department (CPD), which provides law enforcement for CTA,” CTA said in a statement. last week. “Every day, CPD works in close coordination with CTA’s Security Department using historical and real-time information to direct patrols and resources to address the problem of crime on and near our system. The fight Combating crime on the CTA requires a multi-pronged approach that includes the deployment of CPD officers who patrol the system at all hours of the day.The CTA complements these efforts with private security guards and our extensive network of security cameras , which remains a vital asset for law enforcement.