Shooting at SEPTA's City Hall station sends man, 43, to hospital

Philadelphia police are investigating a shooting inside of a SEPTA station that sent a man to the hospital late Sunday night.

The shooting occurred around 11:35 p.m. inside the City Hall station on the 1500 block of Market Street.

Police say the victim, a 43-year-old man, was shot twice, in the arm and groin. Responding officers transported him to Jefferson University Hospital where he was listed in stable condition.

No arrest has been made, but officials say the investigation is ongoing.

The shooting is the latest in a recent string of violent incidents, including an attack on a SEPTA employee that occurred at the same station last week. 

"This is getting out of control," said Troy Parham, the Fraternal Order of Transit Police Vice President. 

Late last week, the Fraternal Order of Transit Police unanimously passed a "vote of no confidence" in SEPTA police leadership.

"They want to be aggressive in patrolling but they feel like their hands are tied with the current policies in place," said Parham.

In a statement late Monday, a SEPTA spokesperson says the staffing level of transit officers is as high as it’s been in recent years and also says there have been no cuts to the department's budget. 

Sunday, SEPTA officials opted to temporarily close Somerset Station on the Market-Frankford Line in Kensington for repairs and to develop a strategy for enhancing safety and security.

According to SEPTA, both customers and employees have raised significant concerns about drug-related activity and non-riders blocking access to entrances, exits, passageways, and stairs.

Read SEPTA's full statement on recent safety issues, here.



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