Fight aboard train preceded double shooting at Maverick Station, police say

The scene outside Maverick T station after the shooting. John Blanding / The Boston Globe

The shooting that injured two men inside Maverick Station in East Boston Tuesday afternoon began with a verbal fight on a Blue Line train, according to MBTA Transit Police.

Transit Police Superintendent Richard Sullivan said the fight between the two men on an inbound train became physical as the train arrived at Maverick. After the train came to a stop, the suspect fired four to six shots from the platform at the first victim, a 29-year-old, who was on the train, he said.

Sullivan said it is believed the second victim, a 43-year-old who was shot while on the platform, hadn’t been on the train. When officers arrived on the scene of the shooting, which occurred around 2:30 p.m., both victims were on the train platform, he said.

Both victims were transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries, according to Sullivan.

He said the initial investigation indicates that the only person with a gun was the suspect. Police estimated there were about 10 to 15 people in the train car when the altercation began and it is believed the suspect and first victim had a “prior familiarity.’’

“It speaks for itself,’’ Sullivan said when asked about the brazen nature of the shooting.

Police are searching for the suspect and are reviewing video as part of their investigation.

Regular MBTA service resumed at about 4:30 p.m. after shuttle buses replaced trains during the afternoon.

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