A CTA employee was involved in a fight-turned-shooting at a Red Line station that left one person hospitalized in critical condition Saturday, authorities said.
A CTA customer assistant and another man got into a fight following an argument at approximately 1:55 a.m. at the 95th Street Red Line station along the Dan Ryan Expressway, according to authorities. At some point, one of the men fired shots, striking the other.
The victim was walking down stairs when the other man shot him in the back, abdomen and lower left leg, police said. He was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was in critical condition.
The second man was taken into custody, and a weapon was recovered at the scene, authorities said.
It remained unclear if the CTA employee was the one who fired shots Saturday evening. However, in a statement, the transit agency said the employee was in violation of several workforce rules, including one that prohibits the possession of a firearm.
CTA said it was pursuing the employee's termination and was working with Chicago police as the investigation into the incident continued.
The full statement from CTA is posted below:
"As police continue to investigate last night’s shooting at the 95th/Dan Ryan Terminal, we can confirm that the individual involved in last night’s shooting at the 95th/Dan Ryan terminal was a CTA employee, working as a customer assistant.
Based on our own investigation, we can also confirm that this employee was in violation of several CTA workforce rules, including one that expressly prohibits the possession of a firearm. CTA is pursuing termination of this employee.
The CTA continues to work closely with the Chicago Police Department as they investigate last night's incident and the circumstances surrounding it.
The behavior of this one employee is not at all reflective of the thousands of hardworking, dedicated men and women who take pride in their work and responsibly perform their duties each day."