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Phone-Obsessed Train Passengers Didn't Spot Gunman

Posted Wednesday, October 9th 2013 @ 4pm  by Rob Quinn, Newser Staff

(NEWSER– When a killer in search of a victim pulled out his handgun on a crowded commuter train in San Francisco last month, the dozens of passengers nearby were so engrossed in their smartphones and tablet computers that they didn't notice a thing, police say. Security video shows the gunman repeatedly flashing the .45 caliber pistol with other passengers close by, pointing it across the aisle and even using the hand holding the gun to wipe his nose before shooting university student Justin Valdez dead, apparently at random, police tell the San Francisco Chronicle.

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