July 2, 2022



Train station shooting sees man gunned down by customer assistant: Police

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A worker with the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) shot a man at a train station during an argument on Saturday in another instance of gun violence that has plagued the city.

The incident was caught on a cellphone camera, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The footage, which was reportedly posted online, showed customer assistant Sylvester Adams, 53, arguing with the 37-year-old victim before shooting him.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the cellphone footage showed the man shoving Adams and knocking him down to the ground before walking away. Adams then gets up, reaches into his pocket and pulls out a gun. He then follows the man, who goes down a set of stairs, and fires several times at him.

The CTA and the Chicago Police Department didn’t verify the video to Newsweek on Sunday.

Adams was arrested on charges of attempted murder and an unlawful use of a weapon after the shooting at the 95th/Dan Ryan station, the Chicago Police Department told Newsweek without revealing any further details.

Police managed to recover a weapon at the scene, according to ABC7 Chicago.

The 37-year-old man was said to be in a critical condition after he was transferred to the University of Chicago Medical Center. The police said the victim, who has not been identified, suffered gunshot wounds to his back, abdomen, and left leg.

Adams was not allowed to carry a weapon, according to the transit agency, and was set to appear in court on Sunday.

“Based on our own investigation, we can also confirm that this employee was in violation of several CTA workforce rules, including one that expressly prohibits the possession of a firearm. CTA is pursuing termination of this employee.” the CTA told Newsweek on Sunday. “The behavior of this one employee is not at all reflective of the thousands of hardworking and dedicated men and women who take pride in their work and responsibly perform their duties each day.”

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The agency also said that it’s working with police to further investigate the shooting.

Similar violent incidents have been reported in New York City where the subway system has seen a spike in attacks. Mayor Eric Adams vowed last month a crackdown on subway behavior including drug use.

“People tell me about their fear of using the system, and we are going to ensure that fear is not New York’s reality,” he said. “No more smoking, no more doing drugs, no more sleeping, no more doing barbeques on the subway system—no more just doing whatever you want,” Adams said.

Customer Assistant Sylvester Adams who worked with the Chicago Transit Authority shot a man during a dispute at a train station on Saturday. Above, police tape surrounds an area at a residential complex in the Bridgeport neighborhood on June 23, 2021 in Chicago.
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