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Man shot in $140K robbery at CTA bus barn

Two robbers made off with more than $140,000 from a 71-year-old retired CTA worker who was delivering the money to a credit union in a bus garage on the West Side this morning.

Three "persons of interest" are being quesionted tonight, two of whom were taken into custody soon afterward and the third who "turned himself in'' later, police said. No charges have been filed yet. 

The worker was walking toward the Chicago Avenue Garage Federal Credit Union at 642 N. Pulaski Rd. around 8:45 a.m. to deliver the money from a bank when two men confronted him, according to police.

One of the robbers shot the worker in the leg, and the two fled in a red van, police said.

The victim was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition, said Meg Ahlheim, a Fire Department spokeswoman.

A short time later, a red van was spotted at a gas station at Washington Boulevard and Pulaski Road, a little south of the CTA garage. Police couldn’t say whether it’s the same van, but they’re looking into it.  

Eventually, police caught up to two people and are questioning them, police said. The third person of interest "turned" themself in, police said.

There was no evidence the money was recovered, police said.

“We’re definitely cooperating with the police department,’’ said CTA spokeswoman Tammy Chase when asked if the transit agency had given video surveillance to authorities to review.

Chase confirmed the credit union is housed in the Chicago Avenue CTA garage but had no further details this afternoon.

Chicago Tribune reporters Liam Ford and Rosemary R. Sobol contributed.

jgorner@tribune.com

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