MetroLink stepping up security in response to weekend shooting


by Staff

Posted on November 19, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 19 at 6:07 PM

ST. LOUIS ( -- Police are still searching for the gunman who shot a 14-year-old boy at the North Hanley MetroLink station.

. The teen suffered a gunshot wound to the leg. The suspects have not yet been captured.

It’s a popular stop for many heading to and from the airport, and is no stranger to violence.

Metro has stepped up security there, and riders say it’s important to keep the route safe.

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“It’s good transportation for St. Louis city people and county people going downtown,” said passenger Everlene Williams. “It’s very convenient for us.”

The MetroLink is not only convenient, but for some the only means of transportation.

That’s why many riders want more security; and some say the officers standing on the platform just aren’t enough.

“There needs to be more security,” Williams said. “A metal detector or somebody checking for guns.”

But Richard Zott, head of security for Metro, tells News 4 checking each and every person who gets on a bus or train just isn’t possible.

“You can’t pat down every single person because then the train’s will be late,” Zott said. “Besides, I don’t think a lot of people carry weapons or guns on the trains or buses.”

Regardless, Zott says they’re beefing things up- putting officers in uniform and undercover on several trains and buses.

All guards are now armed with guns.

Security officials are currently reviewing surveillance from Saturday night’s shooting.