Passenger fatally shot on Amtrak train, search underway for suspect

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An assailant in the fatal shooting of a passenger on an Amtrak train in Missouri remained on the run Sunday as investigators worked to determine why the train traveled for miles before any passengers or crew members reported it, authorities said.

The victim found dead aboard the Amtrak’s River Runner route was identified as 30-year-old Richie T. Aaron Jr. of Independence, Missouri, according to the Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Police Department.

Police believe the killer exited the train undetected while it was stopped in Lee’s Summit, authorities said in a statement released Saturday.

The train with 81 passengers aboard left the depot at Lee’s Summit and continued about 20 miles to its next stop in Independence, where police were called around 9:15 p.m. on Friday, authorities said.

Paramedics attempted lifesaving measures, but Aaron was pronounced dead on the train, police said.

“The initial investigation revealed that the train car where the shooting occurred did not have a large number of passengers, and the passengers that heard the gunshots did not immediately recognize that a person had been shot,” Lee’s Summit police said in the statement.

Investigators interviewed passengers “to develop a suspect in the case,” police said.

Amtrak officials said in a statement that they are cooperating in the investigation. The rail line said the train was headed from St. Louis to Kansas City, Missouri, when the fatal shooting unfolded.

“There were no injuries to the other 81 passengers and the Amtrak crew, and they were all provided alternate transportation to their final destination,” Amtrak said in its statement.

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