Chicago transit worker charged with two felonies in station shooting
March 27 (UPI) — A Chicago Transit Authority employee was charged with two felonies on Sunday after he allegedly shot a man at a train station.
Sylvester Adams, 53 years old, was loaded with one count of attempted first-degree murder and one count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon for the shooting that took place inside the 95th Street Red Line station on Saturday morning.
In a report, Confirmed CTA that Adams was employed as a customer assistant and was not permitted to carry a firearm.
“Based on our own investigation, we can also confirm that this employee violated several CTA labor rules, including one that specifically prohibits the possession of a firearm,” the agency said. .
The CTA added that it is cooperating with the police in their investigation into the shooting and the “continued termination” of the employee.
“The behavior of this employee is no reflection of the thousands of hardworking and dedicated men and women who take pride in their work and carry out their duties responsibly every day,” CTA said.
Unverified video of the shooting posted on social media appears to show Adams arguing with a man who pushed him to the ground.
The man started down the stairs as Adams stood up and appeared to pull a gun from his pocket.
The video appears to show Adams firing one shot from the top of the stairs before pausing and firing several more shots down the stairs.
The victim, a 37-year-old man, was in critical condition at the University of Chicago Medical Center after sustaining gunshot wounds to his back, abdomen and left leg.