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One of the staff of the Drug Enforment Administration was killed Monday when another passenger, also dead, opened fire while officers were illegally checking on an Amtrak train in Tucson, Arizona, authorities said. A second representative and Tucson police officer were injured.
“It’s horrible and we all just know how serious the loss is,” said Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus. “But I also want to think about the smart actions of the officers in this area. They ran straight to the accident, in a car, where there was a shooting situation going on.”
Magnus said outside the hospital had been taken a representative by a Tucson official. The agent was listed in a critical situation where the police officer was in stable condition. They said the authorities would not release their names.
The shooting, which sent commuters away, took place just after 8 a.m. on a train parked at a port in the city center. A court of DEA staff and Tucson police boarded a car to make a real check on illegal money, weapons and drugs. The same thing happens to all travel clubs, said Magnus.
Police were in the middle of guarding a man at the top level of a two-decker car when a second man pulled out a gun and began firing. He switched several police officers and defended himself in the bathroom on the ground floor, said Magnus.
He was later found dead inside.
Another suspect has been arrested. It was not immediately clear what charges she was facing or her relationship with the second man.
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Magnus commended Tucson police for taking an injured DEA representative off the train and rushing him to the hospital behind a patrol car. The Tucson hospital chief was on stage when he heard a gunshot. He was shot as he ran to the car to help.
There were about a dozen others in the car where the shooting took place.
“I just think it seems strange here there were no other people injured, even though we were deeply saddened by the loss of the elder,” said Magnus.
Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams also confirmed that there were no injuries to staff or passengers.
Sunset Limited, Train 2, was traveling from Los Angeles to New Orleans, and arrived at Tucson station at 7:40 a.m., Abrams said. There were 137 carriers and 12 crew members, he said. They have all been removed to the station.
Evan Courtney was in a pickup truck when suddenly they came running and shouted: “Guns have been fired!”
“I grabbed my bag and ran,” Courtney told The Associated Press via Twitter messages.
He said he hugged the other passengers and looked out of the window. He saw several skilled police officers with rifles in the back of the barracks. After 15 minutes, “the police ran to us and told us to get out of the car and run in the opposite direction.”
Courtney then sent a photo of at least a dozen police officers including two hugging.
A stunning video captured by the camera at the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum shows another shot.
Many shots can be heard from inside the train before the man, who looks like a guard with a dog, boards in the middle of the second-end car through the open door. The couple stops in the back and then runs past the pickup truck, joining the other children as they get into the last car and the doors are locked, the video shows.
One shot is heard and the security chief, holding the gun, returns to the train with the dog still there. He runs behind the platform on the train platform where a man appears at the door of the car, escapes three bullets aimed at the man and the dog runs away, and disappears back inside.
The camera is a Virtual Railfan, which operates more than 50 cameras that run the train system around the world. Kathy Abbott, operations manager, said both Tucson police and Amtrak police have requested that any video be made available.
Virtual Railfan cameras take charges but “probably not surprising,” Abbott said. “This was to speed up the adrenaline rush.”
Tucson, home to the University of Arizona, is located about 110 miles south of Poenix.