Sunday, February 24, 2008

Smoker gets wounded on PA subway

This sad article might be a preview of thangs to come on a Chicago train. This smoker may have broke two laws on the train (he stood in-between the train cars and he smoked).

What's so surpising about him pulling a gun out at the cop? Me said before we will see more armed smoker s in public in cities like Philly, and more smokers smoking in prohibited areas than you may think.

Me will bet if he wasn't a smoker, he neva would've been standing in front of two cars to begin with. And plus, if he was welcome to smoke in any public place within Philly instead of smoking outside, me bets smoking in-between train cars is the last thang he would've done.


Smoker on subway wounded by police
By Barbara Boyer and Sam Wood

Inquirer Staff Writers

He was insisting on smoking while riding on a subway, but police tolerated that about as much as they tolerated having a gun pointed at them.
The incident, yesterday on the Broad Street Line in North Philadelphia, began about noon, when two plainclothes officers riding a northbound subway on a routine detail spotted a man smoking a cigarette between cars, said Jim Whitaker, a spokesman for the transit agency. At that location, the trains travel at 30 to 35 miles per hour.

The officers, who have been employed by SEPTA for two years, but whom authorities declined to identify, asked the man to put out his cigarette.

The man refused, and when the line arrived at the Allegheny station, he was escorted off the train, Whitaker said.

Smoking and riding between cars are prohibited.

But the man became confrontational, according to authorities, drew a handgun, and threatened the officers. The officers pulled their guns, and one them shot the man at least once in the right shoulder, Whitaker said.

The wounded man, whose identity was not released by police, was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he was treated for a non-life-threatening injury, Whitaker said. The officers were not injured.

Initial reports were that the suspect did not fire his handgun, which was recovered.

While Philadelphia and SEPTA police investigated the shooting through early afternoon, crowds of commuters gathered on Broad Street from Girard Avenue north to Erie Avenue as SEPTA buses arrived to shuttle those affected by the interrupted service.

Numerous SEPTA buses were seen along Broad Street, some with "emergency service" flashing on the sign above the driver.

Shortly after 3 p.m., all service was restored, with the evening rush unaffected.

Some riders who were waiting for shuttle buses during the interrupted train service expressed concern about safety, but said they would not stop using public transportation.

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