CHICAGO — A man fired multiple shots at a moving train at the LaSalle Street "L" platform Thursday, but no one was hurt and the suspected gunman was arrested, police said.
The shots were fired about 11:20 a.m. on the Blue Line platform at LaSalle, said Officer Janel Sedevic, a Chicago Police spokeswoman.
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The underground station sits near Congress Pkwy. and LaSalle Street. Officers cordoned off escalators to the station with yellow police tape.
The shooter, a 25-year-old man ran off, but was arrested not far from the station. A gun was found, Sedevic added.
During an unrelated press conference, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said the man was captured on CTA video getting on the Blue Line at LaSalle, taking the train around the Loop and getting off again at LaSalle. He then fired at least five shots at the train as it pulled into the station and did not appear to be firing at any people, he said.
McCarthy said the man was carrying an "assault weapon-type rifle" that was stolen from Indiana and had at least 60 bullets on him.
When asked if the man had mental health issues, McCarthy said he did not know for certain, but he said the man's behavior was "bizarre" and "perplexing."
"[He] fired at a moving train with an assault rifle," McCarthy said. "You don't have to be a doctor to make a judgement call on that."
Commuters were surprised to learn about the morning shooting.
"It's pretty shocking," said James Curry. "I've been getting off this stop every morning for the last 10 years. It looks like I'll have to find a different way home today."
CTA commuter Gary Rashkow said of the shooting: "It's a scary world. It's good that no one was hurt."
Blue Line trains are resuming normal service, with some delays, the CTA said.
After the incident, Blue Line trains experienced major delays with trains in both directions using the same track between LaSalle Street and Racine Avenue, the CTA said.
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