Shooting suspect in early morning DART shooting arrested

Shooting raises concerns for DART riders

A 19-year-old man face charges after allegedly shooting another man in the leg at a DART Station early Friday morning. 

DART police said 19-year-old Travonte Martin was arrested about a few blocks away from the Pearl St. Station in Downtown Dallas.

Witnesses said the teen got into an argument with another man about “saggy pants,” and shot the victim twice in his leg.
 
DART police identified the victim as a 31-year-old man from Dallas. He received surgery and is expected to be ok.
 
Surveillance video from the station platform helped officers track down Martin about 30 minutes after the shooting. Officers said they recovered the weapon. 
 
Cindy Timms, a frequent DART light rail rider, said she was shocked that there was a shooting on the train and wants to know what is in the works to keep passengers safe.

“It makes me feel like I need to exercise a lot of caution,” said Timms. “Especially when I ride so early in the morning.”
 
Morgan Lyons, a DART public information officer, explained an increase in security is in the works.
 
Thirty-armed security officers will be added to the DART police force to ride the light rail. Fare enforcement officers will join the team as well.
 
Currently, 48 light rails are equipped with surveillance cameras, and by the end of March, that number will increase to 118 additional cameras.

Martin has been booked on aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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