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Calls For Increased SEPTA Transit Police Presence After 19-Year-Old Shot Multiple Times On Market-Frankford Subway Platform

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- A 19-year-old man was shot multiple times on a SEPTA subway platform in Center City on Thursday afternoon, police say. The shooting happened at the Market-Frankford Line's 15th Street Station, a place where thousands of people travel throughout the city, just before 12:30 p.m.

Man Shot 3 Times On SEPTA Subway Platform In Center City Near City Hall, Police Say

One man shot the other in the chest, stomach and hand.

Troy Parham is the vice president of the union that represents SEPTA Transit Police Officers.

"I think violence in the city overall is getting out of control," Parham said. "So I don't imagine it will be missed on our system."

Transit police were close when the shooting happened. They gave the 19-year-old victim first aid and carried him out of the train station. He was rushed to Jefferson Hospital in critical condition.

The shooter escaped amid a group of passengers running from the station, but he was traveling with a companion, who police now have in custody for questioning.

Passengers are now questioning whether it's safe to ride.

"I do think that they're gonna have to have more transit police on the trains because it seems like it's happening too often," Clearfield said.

Police say they recovered a weapon underneath the victim's body, but it's unknown whether that firearm belongs to the victim or the suspect.

If you have any information on the identity or whereabouts of the suspect, you should contact the police.

The 15th Street Station has since reopened and trains are no longer bypassing the stop.

CBS3's Ross DiMattei and Madeleine Wright contributed to this report. 

For a list of gun violence resources in Philadelphia, click here.

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