Rising safety concerns on the CTA after woman shot at Red Line stop

CHICAGO (CBS) — A woman is recovering after being shot on the CTA Red Line, and that’s simply the newest incident in a wave of violence involving Chicago’s mass transit system. The capturing occurred as police proceed to say they’re beefing up safety. 

Just this week the CTA introduced a renewed effort — getting canines to accompany armed guards to smell out issues. 

It is violence that continues to harm and traumatize riders. 

CTA rider Autumn Chestre was caught up in the chaos early Saturday morning, simply after midnight on the Red Line. It all occurred at the buse State and Lake stop in downtown. 

“Someone said there was a gun, and we all started running,” she mentioned. “There was, like, a lot of screaming for like 20 minutes.” 

Chicago Police mentioned somebody shot a woman. Officers imagine the shooter obtained into an argument with the sufferer. Medics took the 30-year-old woman to the hospital. She had been shot in the knee. 

The suspect obtained away. 

Just final Sunday one other argument led to a person being shot in the thigh at the 69th Red Line stop. And final Sunday on the Green Line a woman stabbed a person on the Cottage Grove station platform. 

CBS 2 continues to observe crime on the CTA. As the newest statistics we tracked fro mearlier this month present, whereas total crime is down, violent crime is up. 

The variety of aggravated assaults and aggravated batteries, which embrace shootings and stabbings, have risen to the highest they’ve been since 2019. 

Earlier this month, Chicago Police Supt. David Brown talked about pulling officers from desk responsibility to patrol railways. A current inner memo reveals off-duty officers are additionally getting used to police CTA trains. In flip, they might receives a commission time and a half for working on their off days.

And simply this week – the transit system signed a $30 million contract with Action K9. It provides about 100 new unarmed guards with about 50 canine. That’s along with the 300 unarmed guards already unfold all through trains.

Those canine are additionally anticipated to assist catch individuals who do not pay their fares and leap turnstiles. 

While this sounds nice, many individuals have reported to CBS 2 that they don’t see additional patrols. 

CBS will proceed to look and push police concerning the challenge. 

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