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CTA worker charged after shooting

Police charged Sylvester Adams, 53, of the 20100 block of Oak Lane in Lynwood, with attempted murder and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. He was arrested moments after the shooting early Saturday morning, police said.

Sylvester Adams, 53, a customer assistant employed with Chicago Transit Authority, faces attempted murder charges after an altercation with a passenger. | Photo: CPD Book

CHICAGO — A Chicago Transit Authority worker faces two felony charges after allegedly shooting a man inside the 95th Street Red Line Station, police and the agency said.



Police charged Sylvester Adams, 53, of the 20100 block of Oak Lane in Lynwood, with attempted murder and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. He was arrested moments after the shooting early Saturday morning, police said.[1]

The victim, identified as a 37-year-old Jeremy Begay, was taken to the University of Chicago hospital in critical condition with gunshot wounds to his back, abdomen, and left leg.

The victim had been disturbing customers in the train station, police said, including pushed the CTA employee who was charged to the ground. However, he was leaving the scene down the stairs when the CTA worker got up and fired shots, hitting the man, police said.

Bystander video (which is believed to have been taken by the victim's brother) of the incident confirmed the account.

CTA said the worker was employed as a customer assistant and was not allowed to carry a firearm.

“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,” the agency said in a statement.

The CTA is “pursuing termination” of the employee, the agency said.


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Notes & References


  1. Chicago Journal. “Man in Critical Condition after Shooting at 95th Street Red Line Station.” Chicago Journal. Chicago Journal, March 26, 2022. https://www.chicagojournal.com/man-in-critical-condition-after-shooting-at-95th-street-red-line-station/. ↩︎

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