SEPTA Regional Rail Conductor Shot in Attempted Robbery at West Mount Airy Station

A photo posted from inside the train appeared to show the conductor on the floor and riders looking on as at least two men helped.

What to Know

  • A SEPTA regional rail conductor was shot while working on the Chestnut Hill West line on Friday afternoon.
  • The 57-year-old conductor took a bullet to the hip. Witnesses said they heard one gunshot after the train stopped at the Carpenter Station.
  • The shooter remains at large. Police said they're searching for two men.

A botched robbery left a SEPTA conductor shot on a regional rail train as passengers disembarked at a northwest Philadelphia station.

The shooting happened around 3:30 p.m. Friday on the Chestnut Hill West line in the city's West Mount Airy neighborhood, a SEPTA spokesperson said. The 57-year-old male conductor was shot once in the hip, Philadelphia police said.

He was taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center by police, where he is listed in stable condition.

Police were looking for two suspects, both male and one wearing a gray hoodie. They were on the platform, waiting for the train to arrive, police said.

One suspect demanded cash from the victim as he exited the train. Police said the conductor pushed the other suspect and darted for the train. The first suspect, armed with a gun, then fired a single shot.

Lisa Mengucci
Passengers on SEPTA's Chestnut Hill West Regional Rail line help a conductor who was shot at the Carpenter Station on Friday, May 10, 2019.

A photo taken from inside the train and shared through the NBC10 app appeared to show the conductor on the floor and riders looking on as at least two men helped.

A SEPTA official said it's been 20 years since a conductor was shot. The injured conductor has worked for SEPTA for 19 years. He's listed in stable condition.

Service on the SEPTA Chestnut Hill West line was temporarily suspended. Full service has since resumed.

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