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$1,000 reward offered after MetroLink train hit by gunfire

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Bullet hole in window of MetroLink train on Tuesday, May 16, in Fairview Heights, Illinois. (Credit: Rebecca Steele Crump / Facebook) Bullet hole in window of MetroLink train on Tuesday, May 16, in Fairview Heights, Illinois. (Credit: Rebecca Steele Crump / Facebook)
ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

What were thought to be random rocks hitting a MetroLink train actually turned out to be bullets, police said. 

St. Clair County Sheriff's Office said deputies spoke with a MetroLink operator at the Fairview Heights stop in the 9200 block of St. Clair Avenue. The deputies were dispatched just before 10:45 p.m. on Tuesday night. 

The sheriff's office said they found eight bullet holes on the right side of the train, with damage to the windows and siding of the car. 

No passengers were injured, the operator told police. He himself was also not injured, he said. 

While no one could identify where the shots came from, passengers said they heard between 6-to-10 loud pop-sounds. They said they heard this just east of the Washington Park station. 

In a statement, MetroLink said they are assisting the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department to help them locate those responsible.

The Metro Public Safety Department is assisting the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department to help them locate those responsible so they can be prosecuted. Unfortunately, Metro is not immune to the crime occurring in the communities we operate in. Targeting trains and other vehicles can have serious consequences, potentially injuring innocent people. We are thankful no MetroLink passengers were injured in this incident.

St. Clair County Sheriff Richard Watson said in a statement that Metro will be offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing. Evidence from the train is being processed by the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Unit, while surveillance footage is being reviewed by the Metro Department of Public Safety. 

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