ST. LOUIS, Mo. – A man was shot and killed just after midnight on a MetroLink train Sunday morning. An argument between two passengers on an eastbound Blue Line train at the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station led to the shooting.
The victim was shot in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene. Homicide investigators are now handling this case.
“This level of gun violence is shocking, and we are often frustrated on how to prevent such random acts in our community. However, we are hopeful that our resources and assistance with our police partners will solve this case,” the Bi-State Development Agency said in a statement.
“In cooperation with our police partners, Metro Transit has made many improvements to safety and security over the last two and a half years, and we will continue to invest in security and strong police partnerships now and in the future. This random act of violence is truly disappointing, but our transit community is worth fighting for.”
The agency estimates it would cost $52 million to upgrade the MetroLink system security. That includes creating a turnstile type system that would require a ticket purchase or pass to enter a MetroLink platform.
The system was designed as an open system, but concerns about crime have led to calls for changes. The plan would also increase fencing around tracks, stations, and platforms and the installation of monitored cameras.
Carl Davis, who rides the Metro every day, has noticed an increase in security in the past year but said there should still be more of a law enforcement presence.
“I just feel like St. Louis needs more police in more areas than just the cameras that you see out on the street,” he said.
Davis said he hasn’t noticed a difference in safety when riding the Metro at various times in the day, but he empathizes with the victim’s family.
“Whoever it was, I just pray … their family is okay and they get peace and justice,” Davis said. “I don’t know how anyone could wake up and get that news that someone that they loved had just passed away when they were just trying to celebrate.”
A MetroLink security guard was shot and killed in January 2021. That death is among the more recent shootings on the public transit system. The 30-year-old was working at the Delmar station when he was killed.