An investigation was underway on Saturday after a man was seriously injured when he was shot by a CTA employee at the 95th Street Red Line station, according to relatives of the victim.
Family members identified the victim as Jeremy Begay, who was shot three times and remained hospitalized late Saturday.
Video of the shooting, which happened around 2 a.m., was posted on social media and has since prompted many questions.
“Just watching this video my heart sank seeing my brother get shot,” said Francena Bischoff, Begay’s sister. “We didn’t even know if he was okay.”
According to Chicago police, an argument ensued between the victim and the suspect who fired the shot, who was identified as a CTA customer assistant. The situation escalated when a fight broke out and the employee opened fire on the 36-year-old victim, police said.
“My brother in the video clearly shows him trying to get away,” the victim’s sister said. “But he chases, then my brother leaves and what… follows him when he’s already in the escalator.”
Bischoff doesn’t know what sparked the argument or why his brother was at the CTA station.
“I know my brother wouldn’t do anything if he wasn’t provoked. We were taught to always be the bigger man and walk away and that’s what my brother was doing – walk away,” she said. “I don’t know if my brother was upset. I don’t know if he said anything to the employee. I do not know.”
Bischoff said her brother, who has been married for more than 10 years and has a daughter, does not deserve what happened.
“I don’t know what was on the employee’s mind. I don’t know what state of mind he was in or if he had a bad day,” she said. “Anything for him to go after my brother, it was not right.”
The CTA said it is working with Chicago Police as they continue to investigate the incident and the circumstances surrounding it and said one employee’s behavior is not a reflection of thousands others who work for him.
in a statement, the transit agency said the employee violated several workforce rules, including one that prohibits possession of a firearm.
The CTA said it is pursuing the employee’s termination and is working with Chicago police as the investigation into the incident continues.
The worker remained in custody on Saturday and a firearm was recovered from the scene, but no charges were laid, police said.
CTA’s full statement is published below:
“As police continue to investigate last night’s shooting at 95and/Dan Ryan Terminal, we can confirm that the individual involved in last night’s shooting at 95and/Dan Ryan terminal was an employee of CTA, 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. CTA is pursuing the dismissal of this employee.
CTA continues to work closely with the Chicago Police Department as they investigate last night’s incident and the circumstances surrounding it.
This employee’s behavior is not at all like the thousands of hardworking and dedicated men and women who take pride in their work and carry out their duties responsibly every day.“