NAPERVILLE, Ill. -- A retired federal law enforcement officer is charged with attempted murder in the shooting of an Amtrak conductor this week in Naperville.
Friday night, the victim’s wife spoke about the incident.
Sara and Michael case have been married for nine years. They met at a place called the Heartbreak Café. Sara described the anguished moments when she learned her husband had been shot on a train platform.
“She explained to me that my husband had been shot by a passenger on the train,” Sara said. “Then she let me talk to him, she said, ‘do you want to talk to him?’ I said, ‘yes, yes.’ She handed the phone to him he just said to me, ‘I love you, I love you, I love you’ – and that’s the last I heard his voice.”
Sara has been by her husband’s side in the intensive care unit at the Edward Hospital in Naperville since Tuesday.
That’s when the 45-year-old train conductor was shot in the torso by a passenger.
He’s been on a ventilator and is sedated and unable to speak. He remains in critical condition with severe injuries to his intestines and organs.
“As far as handling all of this, it’s overwhelming, it’s a day at a time, and I can’t do it without my family and my friends,” said Sara.
Prosecutors have charged the 79-year-old David Klein, of West Allis Wisconsin, with the crime.
The former federal law enforcement office was charged with discharge of a firearm causing great bodily harm and attempted murder.
In court Friday, prosecutors said Klein was planning to go to Las Vegas but changed his mind when he got to Kansas City. He hopped on a train to Chicago and when it stopped briefly in Naperville, he demanded to get off. Conductors wouldn’t let him so he pulled a gun, pointed it out the train door window and shot Case with a revolver.
Prosecutors said in court that Klein told them, “I built up all this anger and blew him away.”
Klein lived at an assisted care facility in Wisconsin where they are expressing shock. He is being held on a 1.5 million dollar bond and is scheduled to appear in court on June 12th.
Friday at the station where it happened, passengers were still unsettled.
“Why did he have a gun, you know? I don’t know why,” said passenger Cheryl May.
Erik Musgrave, another passenger, said he hopes Case makes it through and that Klein gets charged so “justice will be served.”
Sara described the shooting as senseless and shattering.
“You hear all the time and you see all the time on the news about violence, about gun violence, and I think that all of us have become so numb to it, and you really do honestly think that it’s not going to happen to you,” said Sara. “Well, this is happening to me, this is happening to us – and it’s real. And I don’t want it to be real. I don’t wish this on anyone.”
Case is a Navy veteran and also a Cubs fan. Hospital officials described a touching scene of his daughter wearing his Cubs jacket by his bedside.