EL CERRITO -- A 19-year-old man staggered to a ticket booth after being shot in the chest during an argument at the El Cerrito Plaza BART station Friday morning, police said.
No one else was injured. Police said the man was in stable condition Friday evening.
The man was standing in the street near the walkway to the south entrance ¿at 11:15 a.m. when he and a group of friends ran into another pack of people and got into an argument, BART Deputy Police Chief Jeff Jennings said.
The argument escalated, and the victim ran across the crosswalk, stopping as his friends yelled that he had been shot. According to Jennings, the man ran back toward the station and yelled to agents "I've been shot!" before collapsing to the ground.
The first sergeant on scene began performing first aid on the man until paramedics arrived, Jennings said. A BART employee reported seeing the man lying motionless near the bike storage near the south entrance turnstile, where police recovered multiple shell casings. The man was airlifted to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.
While the relationship between the victim and the shooter was not immediately known, authorities believe the two do know each other, Jennings said. Detectives interviewed witnesses who were involved in the argument.
Police shut down the streets south and east of the station in search of the shooter and brought in El Cerrito police dogs to scan the area. The streets reopened shortly after 1 p.m., and the shooter was never found.
Until 12:45 p.m., trains were passing through the station at El Cerrito Plaza without stopping. Trains resumed normal service just before 1 p.m., and foot traffic was noticeably lighter in the station early Friday afternoon.
Anyone who may have witnessed the shooting is asked to contact BART police detectives at 510-464-7040, or the anonymous tip line at 510-464-7011.
Staff writer Robert Rogers contributed to this report. Contact Erin Ivie at firstname.lastname@example.org.