SEPTA brawl involving gun caught on video

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Police investigate brawl on SEPTA train. Gray Hall reports during Action News at 5 p.m. on May 11, 2017. (WPVI)

SEPTA police are investigating an argument that turned into an all-out brawl on the Market-Frankford El.

And it was all captured on video.

It happened Tuesday around 9:30 a.m. on the El between Spring Garden and 2nd streets.

Police say two men got into an argument and it quickly turned physical.

The video shows the two taking the scuffle down the aisle with frightened passengers jumping out of the way.

The confrontation ends with one of them pulling out a gun.

"When you watch something like this you can't help but say thank God at the end that somebody didn't get shot," SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel said.

Chief Nestel says seeing this type of violence is always concerning.

He says what's more alarming is that no one called police, not even the victim.

"There are some people who scurry out of the way and scoot. Then there are other people who sort of look at it like it's a normal day on the El. It's not. That is not normal. We don't have people waving guns around," Nestel said.

For whatever reason, no one reported the violent episode, but Action News spoke to some people who said things would have been different if they were on the train that Tuesday morning.

"I would call 911 and scream like heck," Patricia Rees of Clearwater, Florida said.

Despite the fact that no one called it in, SEPTA police say cameras are always rolling.

They are now hoping someone will recognize the men in the video and give them a call.

"The benefit for us is that was have 24,000 cameras throughout the system so if you do something crazy like this we are going to have video and we are going to find out who you are. We are going to track you down and take the appropriate action," Nestel said.

Anyone with information should contact SEPTA police.
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