Teen shot by BART police Saturday expected to survive

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A young man who was shot by BART police at the El Cerrito del Norte station Saturday afternoon and was taken to a hospital with “life threatening injuries” is expected to survive, a spokesman for the agency said Sunday.

The man was shot Saturday afternoon after officers responded to a report that he may have been armed with a gun aboard a train.

BART spokesman Chris Filippi said Sunday morning that the man was still in the hospital and “has not yet been booked” into jail.

Filippi didn’t provide additional updates on the incident Sunday.

Officers were sent to the station when a passenger on a train bound for Fremont’s Warm Springs called authorities, saying she had seen two other riders in an argument, one of whom had “what she thought was a handgun in his waistband,” BART Police Chief Ed Alvarez said Saturday.

At least one officer fired on the male rider, who had fled from police and then “produced” a gun as he stood in the station’s trackway around 2 p.m.

When the train arrived at the El Cerrito del Norte station, Alvarez said, two BART officers “challenged” the male subject with their guns drawn. The person ran out of the train, down the station platform and then onto the tracks, Alvarez said.

Alvarez told reporters at a press conference Saturday that “a gun was produced by the suspect and our officers ultimately shot,” but did not answer questions about how the incident unfolded, such as whether the male pointed the gun at officers, or if it fell out of his waistband.

Alvarez said Saturday that the agency was still reviewing video footage of the shooting from station security cameras and the officers’ body-worn cameras

A handgun was recovered at the scene of the shooting, police said.

A witness on the train said a young woman who ran after the male was screaming, “He’s only 17, he’s just 17.”

Authorities have not described the male who was shot as in his late teens or early 20s, but have not released his age or said whether he is an adult or juvenile.

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