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MetroLink assault victim concerned about train safety

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Jeff Cantrell said if he had seen just one security guard on MetroLink that night it could have changed the outcome. Credit: KMOV Jeff Cantrell said if he had seen just one security guard on MetroLink that night it could have changed the outcome. Credit: KMOV

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- One of the victims of Sunday’s MetroLink incident is speaking out about safety on the train.

Jeff Cantrell said if he had seen just one security guard that night it could have changed the outcome.

“I started looking for security, I grew up down in East St. Louis, I knew something was getting ready to happen,” said Cantrell.

Cantrell was riding with his son to get treatment for his chronic back pain.

He said a group of people got on at the Emerson Park Station and they started bugging his son and asking for money.

Cantrell said he had a bad feeling and kept looking for a security guard at every stop.

Cantrell said his son decided to give them $5 so they would hopefully back off. Soon, a scuffle started between two of the guys with Cantrell and his son when they demanded more money.

“My son said he [the suspect] walked up and put the gun in his stomach and pulled the trigger. It didn’t go off,” said Cantrell.

As they approached the Busch Stadium MetroLink stop, Cantrell said the guy struggling with his son, pistol-whipped his son. His son then pushed him and the gun fired.

Police said the bullet hit 57-year-old Mac Payne in the head as he stood on the platform. He later died from his injuries.

Cantrell said the group got off at the stadium stop. He and his son stayed on the train until the Central West End stop.

Cantrell said he’s talking about what happened in hopes of addressing safety while riding the MetroLink.

“It would have never occurred if at one of the three, or four stops I would have seen a security guard,” said Cantrell.

Police said Wednesday six ‘persons of interest’ were identified and their investigation is ongoing.

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