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Man shot, seriously wounded on Red Line train at 47th Street

Man shot on CTA Red Line train at 47th Street
Man shot on CTA Red Line train at 47th Street 02:18

CHICAGO (CBS) -- A man was left in serious condition Tuesday evening after being shot on a CTA Red Line train.

As CBS 2's Jermont Terry reported, emergency crews rushed the victim from the 47th Street Red Line station and loaded him into an ambulance after his ride on the 'L' took a horrible turn.

At 7:49 p.m., the man was shot in the last car of a train at the 47th Street station in the median of the Dan Ryan Expressway. The man got into a quarrel with another man, who took out a gun and shot him in the back and legs, police said.

The man was rushed to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was reported in serious condition, police said.

The Chicago Transit Authority said Red Line service was initially halted between the Roosevelt and 63rd Street stops. Service later resumed.

"That could've been me, you know, and like, I just thank god it wasn't," said Kewhawn George.

George was on the train when the shots were fired. He said before a gun was pulled, the gunman stepped on the victim's shoes.

"They got to arguing, and one dude swung, and then they just got to fighting," George said. "One dude got the other guy on the ground, and he had got back up and pulled the gun out his pocket, and started shooting him."

Police said the victim was shot in the back and legs. George said multiple rounds echoed throughout the train.

Terry asked George what was going through his mind when he saw the gun.

"It was all one motion for me," George said. "As soon as I heard the shots, I said, oh man! This can't be real! Everybody started running. I started running with everybody else."

Also running was the gunman, who escaped the Red Line platform in the crowd. The shooting left CTA riders like George outraged and fearful.

"I just think that something needs to be done better," he said. "Like, there's just no point why anybody and everybody should be able to have a gun."

George said he heard at least gunshots on the train – in what made for a very frightening ride home for him. 

Police late Tuesday were reviewing CTA surveillance cameras for evidence. No one was in custody.

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