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Chicago transit worker arrested after shooting man in subway altercation


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A Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) employee has been arrested after police say he shot another man inside a southbound train station early Saturday.

Chicago police say a verbal argument between the employee and the man, both 53, led to the shooting at the CTA’s 95th Street Red Line stop at around 1:55 a.m. , reported FOX32 Chicago.

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During the altercation, the man began to descend the stairs and was followed by the employee, who pulled out a gun and shot the man three times, police said.

The shooting occurred around 1:55 a.m. Saturday at the CTA’s 95th Street Red Line stop, Chicago police said.
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Video of the argument between the two men shows the customer yelling at the worker before pushing him to the ground, reported WBBM-TV, which obtained the footage. The employee claimed to have intervened when the man began to bother other customers at the station.

The victim was rushed to University of Chicago Hospital in critical condition with gunshot wounds to the lower abdomen, back and lower left leg, the station reported.

The employee was taken into custody.

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CTA confirmed in a statement to local media that the man who shot was a CTA employee working as a customer assistant.

“Based on our own investigation, we can also confirm that this employee violated several CTA labor rules, including one that specifically prohibits possession of a firearm,” the statement said. “CTA is pursuing the termination of this employee.”


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