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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – SEPTA and Philadelphia police say a gunman, firing shots at a man he was chasing, sent a bullet slamming into a westbound Market-Frankford El train at the Somerset station Monday night.

At about 7:30 p.m., officials say the gunfire, which started at street level, continued as the man trying to escape ran up the stairs into the El stop, jumping a turnstile, and then hopping into a car, which was then struck by a bullet.

“I heard maybe five shots go off and a lot of people running,” said one witness.

No one was injured. However, the incident is similar in some ways to a June 18th attack on a Route 47 Septa bus in which two gunmen opened fire on a bus with a dozen passengers aboard.

No one was injured in the June incident. SEPTA emphasized both incidents began with disputes among individuals that spilled over onto SEPTA property.

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Detectives believe they have now identified the passenger who was the target and they are interviewing him hoping to learn more.

SEPTA also hopes that surveillance video, as it did in the bus attack, will help identify the suspect and lead to an arrest.

Reported by Walt Hunter, CBS 3

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