Police: Shots fired at ‘L’ train in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — A man was arrested Thursday shortly after police say he stood on a subway platform and opened fire on “L” train as it pulled into a downtown Chicago station.

Chicago Police Superintendent Gerry McCarthy says the man who fired on a subway train as it pulled into a business district station used an assault rifle and had at least 50 bullets with him.

McCarthy says even though the man had a valid firearms owner identification card, the weapon used in Thursday’s attack was stolen from Indiana. No one was reported injured, but the incident left passengers shaken, with some refusing to get off when the doors opened.

McCarthy said the man was targeting the train, not passengers.

Nobody was reported injured, but the 11:30 a.m. incident left passengers shaken, with some refusing to get off when the doors opened and they were told they could leave.

“There were four or five shots (that) hit the train — boom, boom, boom,” said John Langston, 50, of Chicago. “I thought it was somebody with a sledgehammer.”

Passenger Venesia Parker said that when the train stopped, “Some rushed out, but I stayed on for safety until I could see nobody was out there.”

Both she and Langston saw shell casings as they walked through the Blue Line’s LaSalle Street platform, near the Chicago Board of Trade building in the city’s financial district.

The suspect was taken into custody without incident a short time after the shooting just a few blocks away, and police said a weapon was recovered.

 

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