Amtrak conductor shot on platform near Chicago

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Passengers crowd the platform at Naperville in July 2016 for an arriving inbound train. This is the location where an Amtrak conductor was shot on Tuesday.
Brian Schmidt
CHICAGO — An Amtrak conductor was shot in the torso on a station platform in suburban Chicago Tuesday afternoon, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The conductor who was working on the Southwest Chief was taken to an area hospital with a “non-life threatening gunshot wound” and the suspect, a Wisconsin man in his 70s, was taken into custody after being tackled and held down by passengers aboard the train. The incident occurred at the Naperville, Ill., station at approximately 4:45 p.m.

Police are still trying to figured out a motive, but news reports suggest the alleged shooter had been riding the train at the time of the incident.

“The conductor had stepped off the train and when the suspect reached through the window and shot him,” Naperville Police Commander Lou Cammiso tells the Tribune.

Rail traffic was halted at the station while police investigated the crime and passengers aboard the train were put on buses.

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