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New Details Released on 79-Year-Old Amtrak Shooter

A 79-year-old West Allis man has been charged with attempted murder. Edward Klein is accused of shooting and injuring an Amtrak conductor in the Chicago suburb of Naperville. Prosecutors say he was planning to catch a train to Milwaukee but tried to get off the train in Naperville instead. Witnesses say he pulled out a gun, stuck his arm out the window and shot the conductor.

Representatives with Manor Park Senior Center, where Klein lived, confirmed Klein was a resident there. They say like any other tenant, he went through a background check and passed. But, they says incidents like this aren’t always predictable.

Klein is a resident of the facility which has about 270 tenants. He was a part of their independent living.

“They can come and go as they please,” says Sean Callahan, spokesperson for the senior center. “They come in, they sign up for that service and that’s what we provide. We really don’t have any say on where they want to go.”

According to Dupage County State Attorney, Klein was a retired law enforcement officer who previously worked in federal protective services.

In court on Friday morning Klein was charged with one count of attempted murder and one count of aggravated battery with a firearm.

Illinois State Attorney, Robert Berlin, sent CBS 58 a statement saying in part,

“The charges against Mr. Klein are very serious and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."


According to our CBS affiliate in Chicago, Klein seemed disoriented at his hearing. When asked if he wanted a public defender he said,

“I really don’t need one if I’m leaving. I’m going to be leaving tomorrow.”

 

“We feel remorse for the incident and we hope the gentleman is going to be okay,” says Callahan.

Klein’s bond was set at $1.5 million. He is expected back in court on June 12th. If convicted, he could face up to 30 years in prison.

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