CHICAGO — A man was charged with firing multiple shots at a moving Blue Line train Thursday morning.
Lorenzo Jones, 25, of the 7500 block of South Luella Avenue, was charged on four felony counts: aggravated assault, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and posession of a stolen gun and ammunition, according to a Chicago Police news release.
Around 11:20 a.m., Jones opened fire on the Blue Line platform at LaSalle Street, according to Officer Janel Sedevic, a Chicago police spokeswoman.
After firing at least five shots at a train, Jones ran off, police said.
He was arrested not far from the station.
Prosecutors Friday said Jones fired five rounds at an "L" train as it approached the LaSalle Street station, 150 W. Congress Pkwy. He used a blue steel 45-caliber rifle with a 17.5-inch barrel loaded with nine rounds, prosecutors said.
At first, the conductor thought the train malfunctioned, prosecutors said.
A 22-year-old woman heard the shots, and saw Jones, holding the rifle, run away up a flight of stairs, said Assistant State's Attorney Erin Antionetti. Both she and the conductor gave police Jones' description.
He was apprehended moments later on Polk Street.
Antionetti said Jones was caught on video surveillance shooting at the train, and admitted to firing the rifle.
The rifle was stolen from Indiana, Antionetti said.
Judge Donald Panarese Jr. asked prosecutors what Jones' motive was, but prosecutors did not know. Panarese ordered Jones held on $2 million bond.
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