Metro offering $1,000 reward related to train struck by gunfhots

Metrolink passengers feared for their lives, after bullets peppered a train in Fairview Heights Tuesday night.

Metro is offering a $1,000 reward for information in connection with the MetroLink train struck by gunfire earlier this week.

A police investigation began after a MetroLink carrying 20 passengers was damaged by gunfire Tuesday night.

St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to the Fairview Heights MetroLink Station at 9200 St. Clair Avenue around 10:40 p.m.

Police said the train had eight bullet holes on the right side with damage to the windows and metal siding. The MetroLink operator, a 35-year-old man, was not injured. None of the passengers were injured.

Passengers told police they heard six to 10 loud “pops” just east of the Washington Park Station and saw glass shattering.

“We take incidents like this one very seriously and we are working closely with Sheriff Watson and his investigators to try to keep this from happening again,” said John Nations, President and Chief Executive Officer at Bi-State Development, which operates the Metro transit system for the St. Louis region. “Targeting trains and other vehicles can have life-changing consequences. We are very grateful that no one was injured during the incident because someone on that train could have been seriously injured or even killed by the gunfire.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department at (618) 825-5712 or CrimeStoppers 866-371-8477.

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