2 men arrested for aiming at BART train

July 2, 2009 11:45:10 PM PDT
A gun scare drastically slowed-down BART service Thursday night. East Bay trains were delayed after a driver passing through the Bay Fair station in San Leandro say two men aiming rifles at his train.

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There was quite a delay in the East Bay. For more than an hour, no trains were coming through the station.

It all started when a BART train operator reported seeing two men in a backyard pointing rifles at his train.

The operator alerted police and officers began conducting a search in the adjacent neighborhood. They focused their efforts on Wagner Street in San Lorenzo, and after being tipped by neighbors they found the two men they were looking for and took them into custody.

"What we found out was there were two individuals with a B.B. gun who claimed they were having target practice in their backyard. We're still investigating and trying to sift that out and determine whether or not there some actual criminal activity involved," said BART Police Lt. Gary Cagaanan.

"I thought it was a little more dangerous, but I guess they were trying to keep us safe so that's good. But I don't think it was that big of an emergency where they had to delay us that long. But whatever, better safe than sorry," said BART passenger Billy Ward.

BART riders weren't told any specifics of what was going on, only that it was an emergency and a dangerous situation, which is why no trains were going through the Bay Fair station. Some passengers decided to wait it out and others took AC Transit.

After the disruption, service returned back to normal.

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