Amtrak employee takes his own life after shooting colleague in Sunnyside

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An Amtrak employee who shot a colleague in the leg in Sunnyside on Thursday morning died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, it was reported.

According to police, at around 8 a.m. on March 28, the two Amtrak employees got into an argument in the vicinity of Queens Boulevard and 40th Street, near the 40th Street stop on the 7 line.

During the argument, authorities noted, one of the men pulled out a firearm and shot the other man in the leg and fled the scene.

The victim was taken to Elmhurst Hospital with wounds that were not considered life-threatening, law enforcement sources said.

A report on the Citizen app indicated that the suspect fled the scene in a black 2012 Cadillac. Police confirmed that the suspect drove the car to a Rite Aid parking lot at the corner of Roosevelt Avenue and 51st Street in Woodside, where he was barricaded with officers trying to negotiate with him.

Police say that the suspect had a fatal self-inflicted gunshot wound and was pronounced dead. The investigation is ongoing.

Editor’s note: An earlier version, based on information provided by law enforcement sources, incorrectly identified the workers as employees of the MTA. They were, in fact, workers for Amtrak. We regret the error, and any confusion which may have resulted.

Updated at 3:40 p.m.

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