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Police seek clues about train shooting in Bristol, Va.

Staff Report • Feb 7, 2013 at 4:36 PM

BRISTOL, Va. — A Norfolk Southern Railroad train was shot after the crew spotted a man pointing a rifle at the train as it passed through Bristol on Wednesday, police said in a news release.

The train had left the Bristol rail yard bound for Roanoke and was passing through an area off the Lee Highway behind an auto auction business and the old Lee Highway Mobile Home Park about 4:30 p.m. when crew members in the locomotive cab noticed a white man around some trees on their left side.

The man pointed some type of rifle at the train, so the crew ducked, and the locomotive's left side window immediately shattered. No one was injured, police said.

The train continued toward Roanoke, and the crew notified the Norfolk Southern Police Department.

Police responded and gathered some "potential evidence," police said, but investigators remained unclear about the type of weapon used to fire the shot or shots. The investigation was ongoing.

Anyone with information about the incident was asked to call police at 276-645-7400 or 276-821-6247.

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