Chicago-area train conductor shot in May out of hospital

HOMEWOOD, Ill. (AP) - An Amtrak conductor who was shot while standing on the platform of a suburban Chicago train station in May is recovering at home after being released from a hospital.

Keith Hartenberger, a spokesman for Edward Hospital, confirmed that Michael Case, 46, has been released.

"Michael Case is no longer a patient at Edward Hospital," Hartenberger said.

Seventy-nine-year-old Edward Klein of West Allis, Wisconsin, has been charged with attempted murder in the May 16 shooting. Officials say he shot Case, a Homewood resident, because he wasn't allowed to disembark early.

Klein's lawyer said a psychological evaluation found Klein mentally unfit. Prosecutors are analyzing those results.

Case lost nearly half of the blood in his body and has undergone several procedures and two surgeries.

"When it's your life and you've got a lot to live for, you make that sacrifice," he said.

His medical emergency team said his survival was nothing short of a miracle.

"I remember having a moment with God, and asking him to look after me, and saying, 'I'm not ready to go yet,'" Case said.

Case said he hopes Klein finds the help he needs.

"I forgive you," he said.

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