Off-duty transit worker shot on Brooklyn train after argument breaks out, gunman on the loose

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BROOKLYN — An off-duty transit worker was shot on a train Tuesday night after a group of people on the subway argued, officials said.

Police investigated after an off-duty transit worker was shot on a train.

The victim, who police sources identified as 47-year-old Carlo Thorne, a hydraulics supervisor for the MTA, was on a southbound 3 train when a dispute started around 6:20 p.m., officials said. Someone pulled out a gun and fired once, hitting the transit worker in the arm at the Sutter Avenue/Rutland Road Station.

He was not the intended target, police said. The transit worker was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Police have not yet released a description of the shooter. Three out of ten suspects were detained at the scene and questioned in connection to the shooting Tuesday night, authorities said.

This was the first shooting on a train in three years, transit officials said.

New York City Transit President Andy Byford and MTA Chairman Joe Lhota both visited the worker at the hospital.

"This is a horrible incident and we're all pulling for a speedy recovery," Lhota said. "Transit workers are on the front lines of moving millions of New Yorkers every day and this shouldn't happen to anyone.  We're thankful that the police have responded in a substantial way and look forward to seeing any and all perpetrators held accountable."

Police are asking any riders who have pictures or video of the incident to contact detectives.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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