Watch: Chicago Transit Authority employee shoots man walking away after altercation

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In the wee hours of Saturday morning, an otherwise quiet Chicago train station lit up after two men got into an argument that became physical and landed one of the men in a hospital with three gunshot wounds and the other behind bars.

Amidst a verbal disagreement, a man violently shoved a 53-year-old Chicago Transit Authority employee to the ground, knocking him right off his feet and landing him on his backside with a thud, the Chicago Journal reported.

While the CTA employee picked himself off the ground, the other man retreated down a nearby set of stairs, but the CTA employee decked out in a bright orange and yellow vest went after him as he reached for a handgun in his pocket. Once the CTA employee reached the top of the stairs, he shot at the other man several times, inflicting three wounds in his lower left leg, back, and abdomen.

Check out the video that has been circulating online to see for yourself how the situation played out — Caution: Violent Content:

No details have been released on what led up to the incident that occurred just before 2:00 a.m but it was reported that the CTA employee had a Firearm Owners Identification Card (FOIC) but no Concealed Carry License (CCL). 

“While we don’t know what happened before this video started, we do see the CTA worker advancing on the other guy. That’s when he pushes him,” a tweet from a police scanner account noted. “All around a bad situation for everyone involved.”    

CTA issued a statement about the incident that left the victim in critical condition at the University of Chicago Medical Center. 

“The behavior of this one employee is not at all reflective of the thousands of hardworking, dedicated men and women who take pride in their work and responsibly perform their duties each day,” the statement read according to WGN9.

One person on Twitter noted how well public safety in Chicago is going without police.

A debate ensued on Twitter trying to resolve whether the man was justified in pulling a gun on the man that some were calling a drunk.

CTA officials have reportedly begun the termination process for the employee wielding a gun, who was apparently violating several CTA policies, including one that does not allow staff to carry a firearm.


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