PITTSBURG -- A gunshot victim was discovered in the Pittsburg/Bay Point BART station parking lot shortly before 7 p.m., according to a BART spokeswoman.
An adult male with gunshot wounds to the chest and elbow was taken to John Muir Medical Center, said Luna Salaver. BART Deputy Police Chief Ben Fairow described the victim's wounds as life-threatening.
BART police officers stopped trains from entering and leaving the station for about 45 minutes while they searched for two possible witnesses to the shooting they believed might be on the train.
When officers arrived they found a chaotic scene in the parking lot including several vehicles that had collided, Fairow said. However, investigators are not sure if the vehicles were involved in the shooting. Police don't have a description of the suspect.
Late Thursday, BART detectives were interviewing witnesses and searching for evidence in a cordoned off section of the southern end of the parking lot, according to Fairow. There is at least one surveillance camera capable of seeing that part of the lot and officers will review the footage as part of the investigation, he said.
In his two years with the BART police force, Fairow said this is the first shooting he's aware of on BART property.
"It's a very rare occurrence," he added.
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