Man fired rifle on McCormick Place Metra platform, cops say

Police are looking for the man who fired a rifle on Metra’s McCormick Place platform and then fled from the station Tuesday morning.

The man stepped off of a northbound Metra Electric train at the station around 10:20 a.m. and placed a duffle bag on the platform, according to a spokesperson for the train system.

The gunman, who was alone on the platform, then took a rifle out of the bag and fired one round to the west, then put the weapon back into his bag and left the station, the spokesperson said.

Metra police “have no idea” what the man was shooting at, according to the spokesperson. No injuries were reported and investigators were still looking for the bullet at midday. A shell casing was found at the platform, however.

A Metra officer who reviewed video of the incident said the man fired a shot from a “collapsible rifle” that he then concealed in the bag and walked out of the station onto Martin Luther King Jr Drive.

The shooter is reportedly a White man between 30- and 40-years-old who stands about 5’10” tall. He wore a black jacket with a navy-colored hoodie underneath and blue jeans. His bag was gray, according to the video, an officer said.

Chicago police and Metra officers searched the area for the gunman, but he has not been located.

Metra police are handling the investigation.

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