Man shot at CTA Blue Line station

June 29, 2011 12:28:11 PM PDT
A man was shot early Wednesday morning during an attempted robbery at a West Side CTA Blue Line platform.

Police say a 22-year-old man was waiting for a train at the Pulaski Blue Line stop near Pulaski and Harrison shortly before 1 a.m. when he was approached by the gunman. Officers say the gunman demanded money and then shot the victim in the abdomen and left thigh.

The victim was out of surgery by late Wednesday morning and is listed in good condition at Stroger Hospital. The man who shot him in is being sought by police, but investigators have only a vague description of the suspect.

Police say the victim was shot before he could give the suspect anything. According to CTA workers at the station, the wounded man managed to chase the shooter as he ran away, but eventually he stopped because of his injuries. There was a security guard working near the turnstiles, but it is a long platform and the shooting happened several yards away.

CTA riders at the Pulaski stop told ABC7 Wednesday the incident is a reminder to all to be vigilant.

"It is brazen and it is surprising. Usually, people watch out for other people around here," said CTA rider Jim Parker.

"It's concerning, because I ride this train, but for the most part you just got to be aware of your surroundings. You gotta look around, you gotta see what's going on. I feel sorry for whatever took place last night, but you have got to be more aware of your surroundings," said CTA rider Lawrence Wells.

This shooting comes about a week after the CTA announced it will be installing more surveillance cameras across the system in response to a number of thefts and robberies.

The Pulaski Blue Line stop does have a camera by the turnstiles but not on the ramp or platform.

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