MetroLink train struck by gunfire while traveling near Fairview Heights

FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, IL (KTVI) - The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department is investigating after shots were fired at a MetroLink train in the metro east overnight. It happened around 11 p.m. between Washington Park and Fairview Heights. Roughly 20 passengers were on board at the time.

Metro officials say no one was injured and the train has been taken out of service.

One witness was heading home from the Cardinals game. He tells FOX 2 bullet holes were evident when he and his family arrived at the Fairview Heights station.

Metro issued the following statement:

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 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.

According to the Belleville News Democrat, the train operator thought he heard rocks hitting the train. But he soon realized it was gunfire when he saw windows shatter.

Metro is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest for shooting the train. Please call CrimeStoppers if you have any information at 1-866-371-TIPS (8477) or visit: http://stlrcs.org/

Eight bullet holes were found.