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$5 Million Bail Set For Brother of Alleged Septa Elevated Train Gunman

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By Jim Melwert

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The bail has been set for one of two brothers accused in last week’s shooting aboard a Septa elevated train in West Philadelphia.

Eric Early, whose age police now give as 17, is now being held in lieu of $5 million bail.  Meanwhile, the search continues for Eric’s 18-year-old brother Matthew, whom police say fired the shot into the crowded train car at the 46th and Market station last Wednesday.

Eric Early was arrested yesterday (see related story).  He is charged with aggravated assault and attempted murder.

Police say the brothers got into an argument with a man wearing a Chicago Bulls jersey and the man told them to stop cursing.

But when the brothers stepped off the train at the 46th Street stop, Matthew Early allegedly pulled a gun from his pocket, turned, and fired a shot at the man (see related story).  The man wearing the Bulls jersey was hit in the stomach; a man with him was also wounded in the thigh.

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