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Police release man after CTA bus shooting wounds 3

The 35-year-old was considered a “person of interest” after a man exited a No. 75 bus and fired shots back into it.

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A 35-year-old was released by police after they determined he was not the shooter in a CTA bus shooting June 17, 2019 that wounded three people.
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Police have released a man from questioning after authorities determined he was not the shooter who wounded three people Monday on a CTA bus on the South Side.

The 35-year-old was considered a “person of interest” after a man exited a No. 75 bus in the 7600 block of South State Street and fired several shots at people inside it, Chicago police said. A spokeswoman for the department said Tuesday afternoon that the man has been released.

Police have not said what led to the shooting. The department initially said the man fired shots after arguing with people on the bus, but later retracted the statement.

Detectives have recovered video surveillance from the bus, and are still investigating the incident, police said.

A 18-year-old man on the bus was shot multiple times in the body and arm and critically wounded, police said. An 18-year-old woman was hit in her armpit and was in fair-to-serious condition, fire officials said. A 59-year-old man was grazed on the side of his body.

The teenagers were taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where their conditions were stabilized, police said. The 59-year-old took himself to St. Bernard Hospital.

Photos posted to social media showed a bus with several gunshots through a window near the rear of the bus.

Multiple witnesses were on the bus during the shooting, police said. No other injuries were reported.

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