Security guard charged after “accidental” shooting on Red Line train

A security guard who police said accidentally shot himself and a 16-year-old girl on the Red Line in Lakeview early Thursday is facing two weapons charges, according to a CPD spokesperson. Prosecutors also charged the girl with four felonies in connection with a robbery last week at the Roosevelt Red Line station.

Eric Camp | CPD

Eric Camp, 38, was on a southbound train shortly before 4 a.m. when he confronted the girl who was causing a disturbance, police said. A “minor physical altercation ensued,” and a gun that Camp allegedly carried in his pocket discharged. A bullet struck Camp in his left leg. The girl suffered a graze wound to her chest.

Camp and another guard were working on behalf of Digby’s Detective & Security Agency, a CTA contractor. The transit agency did not respond to inquiries about the guards’ employment, including if they were supposed to be armed.

CWBChicago this morning reported that Camp received his license to work as an armed security guard in Illinois about two weeks ago, on Mar. 23.

Prosecutors on Thursday afternoon charged Camp with felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, misdemeanor possession of a firearm, and an unspecified municipal violation, police said. He is due in bond court on Friday.

The girl is charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery of a transit employee, felony robbery and felony aggravated battery in a public place.

Some of the girl’s charges stem from a robbery at the Roosevelt Red Line station around 7 a.m. on Apr. 2, police said. She and two male offenders demanded the victim’s property, hit him in the face, and pushed him to the ground, according to a CPD spokesperson. The victim fell onto the tracks, but was able to get back onto the platform under his own power, according to an officer who is familiar with the situation.

Camp and the girl were taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in good condition after the shooting.

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