One dead, three injured in US shooting

In this image made from a video provided by WSB-TV authorities respond after reports of a shooting at the West Lake station in Atlanta. Picture: WSB-TV via AP

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A SHOOTING at an Atlanta train station has left one person dead and three wounded, local US media are reporting, with one witness saying the attacker appeared to fire at people randomly.

Citing the Atlanta transit agency, WSB-TV television reported that one person was killed in the shooting, which took place at West Lake Station on Thursday afternoon.

WSB quoted officials as saying all the victims were in their 30s.

Atlanta television station WGCL quoted witnesses as saying that the shooter, a man also in his 30s, appeared to shoot randomly at passengers.

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment but said in a statement that a suspect had been detained and an investigation was ongoing, adding that emergency responders were at the station on Atlanta’s west side.

Mobile phone video shot by a bystander and carried by Atlanta’s Fox TV affiliate on its Facebook page showed a female and another person lying on the floor of a train car as passengers bent over them.

Aerial footage carried by the Fox affiliate showed ambulances and other emergency vehicles outside the station.

The gunfire erupted aboard a Blue Line train about 4.30pm shortly after it left a station on the city’s west side, Joseph Dorsey, deputy chief of the MARTA police, said at a news conference.

MARTA is the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority.

“As the train was in motion, the suspect fired several shots toward the victims,” Dorsey said.

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