Video: Man fires rifle on McCormick Place train platform

You heard about it here over a week ago. Now, the video is out.

The FBI and Metra police released video Wednesday of a man firing a rifle on the train system’s McCormick Place platform last week. Both agencies are asking the public to help them identify the man.

As CWBChicago reported exclusively last week, the man stepped off a northbound Metra Electric train at the station around 10:20 a.m. December 1 and placed a bag on the platform.

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

Metra police “have no idea” what the man was shooting at, according to the spokesperson. No injuries were reported, but a shell casing was found at the platform.

The shooter walked out of the station onto Martin Luther King Jr Drive. Chicago police and Metra officers searched the area for the gunman, but he was not been located.

Anyone with information about the man can contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or Metra police at 312-322-2800.

The shooter is a balding 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.

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