Freight train conductor killed in N.O. robbery

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans police say a conductor was shot and killed during a robbery on a freight train that had stopped for other rail traffic in New Orleans.

The westbound CSX train was waiting for permission to move forward on the Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks about 12:30 a.m. Sunday when the suspect got on, shot the 52-year-old conductor and ran away.

New Orleans Police Officer Hilal Williams wouldn't say what was stolen. She says it was "pretty bizarre."

The shooting occurred in the city's Lakeview neighborhood, just west of City Park. The conductor, a CSX employee, was shot several times and died at the scene. His name wasn't released.

CSX spokeswoman Carla Groleau says the train was carrying shipping containers with mixed freight from Atlanta.

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