Questions remain about who shot who at DART station

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by CYNTHIA VEGA

WFAA

Posted on February 8, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 8 at 11:16 PM

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RICHARDSON — Russell Weinstein, who was wounded in Tuesday's shooting at a Richardson DART light rail station, told News 8 that he was shot by a DART police officer after she confronted another passenger on the platform.

The news comes as police try to deterimine what prompted 27-year-old Cory Jones of Dallas to open fire on Officer Nikisha Manderson at the Arapaho Center Station with other riders nearby.

Forty-two-year-old Eric Johnson of Dallas was killed in the gunfire.

Reports indicate that Jones was aiming for the officer’s heart, but she was wearing her bulletproof vest. The bullet grazed Manderson's shoulder instead. On Wednesday, she was out of the hospital and recovering.

Richardson police said they are still not sure who fired the bullet that killed Jones when he ran inside a nearby business. Police believe it was either self-inflicted or came from one of the responding DART officers.

Johnson's mother, Terry Moetteli, said her son may have been taking the DART train to a movie screening. She said Johnson was hearing and visually impaired, and enjoyed playing basketball with the Greater Dallas Special Olympics team. Moetteli provided this statement to News 8:

"My son was the most loving and kind person. He would do anything for anyone. He was funny and fun and loved to make people laugh. He will truly be missed by so many that loved him from his family, to his friends at the YMCA, Special Olympics, PASL, movie theatres all over town, and Harbor Point, where he enjoyed karaoke! Eric always loved being in a crowd. We are thankful to know he is made whole in Heaven with our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ!"

Weinstein, also a Dallas resident, is recovering after getting shot in the shoulder. He told News 8 the DART officer is the one who shot him.

As a result of Tuesday’s shooting, DART trains may soon see more officers on board thanks to an offer from the Transportation Security Administration and the Dallas Police Department to help secure light rail stations after yet another deadly shooting.

The incident began at the Arapaho Station when Jones tried to use an outdated bus pass to board a DART bus and then got into an argument with the driver.

Police said the driver contacted the nearby DART officer who followed Jones to the light rail platform across the street. Police say when the officer asked Jones to take his hands out of his pockets, Jones pulled out a handgun and shot the officer.

DART says surveillance video from cameras at the station will be used as the investigation continues. 

E-mail cvega@wfaa.com

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