In the third serious attack on CTA property this month, a man was killed and two other people were wounded early Monday in a shooting in a pedestrian tunnel between the CTA Red and Blue lines.
The 2 a.m. shooting was sparked by a “personal” dispute but the reason for the argument was unclear, said Anthony Guglielmi, chief spokesman for the Chicago Police Department. He said the shooter ran away but police have information about his identity.
The shooting happened in the tunnel connecting the Jackson Red and Blue lines in the 200 block of South Dearborn. The Red Line bypassed the Jackson station because of the police investigation but the station reopened by mid-morning, officials said.
One man was killed when he was shot in the stomach and chest and another man was shot in the head and arm and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was in critical condition.
A 19-year-old woman was shot in the back and taken to the same hospital where she was listed in good condition. Police said she doesn’t appear to have been involved in the argument between the men.
The killing comes after Chicago police and CTA officials have recently discussed improving public safety on CTA property because of rising crime.
On Feb. 4, Mike Malinowski, a 26-year-old musician performing in the Red Line station at Jackson, was wounded in a stabbing after a woman attacked him. She said his guitar was giving her a headache, prosecutors said.
Barbara Johnson, 38, of Blue Island, was arrested by police officers at the station and she was identified as the attacker by witnesses and Malinowski, officials said.
The next day, a man was shot in a robbery on the Blue Line at the CTA’s UIC-Halsted stop. Police arrested Patrick Waldon, 31, for allegedly shooting the victim as they struggled over his backpack.
Police released photos of Waldon from CTA surveillance cameras and got “multiple calls from the public ID’ing this individual,” interim Chicago police Supt. Charlie Beck said at a news conference after Waldon’s arrest.
“We also had great cooperation from witnesses at the scene who also identified him,” Beck said. “This is the key to solving crime, particularly violent crime. I am very proud of the people of Chicago for coming forward.”
Police and CTA officials have recently met about a rise in violence on buses and trains.
This year, there have been at least 45 robberies on CTA trains, stations and platforms, according to the city’s crime data portal. Last year, there were 591 robberies on CTA property, the most in five years, the data show.
Overall crime also has been creeping upward on CTA property for the past five years. There were 6,321 reports of crime last year, up from 4,116 in 2015.
There were seven murders over that period on CTA property, the data show.
Under a reorganization of the police department announced earlier this month, a new counter-terrorism unit will be responsible for policing mass transit in Chicago.
Contributing: David Struett