Men sought after gun is fired during fight at Loop subway station, police say

Police are investigating after someone fired a gun during a fight on the Jackson Blue Line station mezzanine Tuesday afternoon. No one was shot, but police did find a shell casing at the scene.

Detectives released images of two men that police said are wanted in connection with the incident, which reportedly began as a fight near the station escalators around 2:17 p.m. At some point during the fight, one of the men fired a gun.

One of the photos released by police shows the men fighting on the station’s platform, too. Police searched the train tunnel for one of the suspects but came up empty-handed. Exactly where the other man went is not clear.

Cops who reviewed CTA surveillance video told other officers that the man wearing a gray hoodie and ripped jeans in the photos appeared to leave the area with the other man’s shoes and backpack.

Anyone who recognizes the men can contact CPD investigators at 312-745-4443. The case number is JE-226793.

Additional images that were released by Chicago police. | CPD

CWBChicago recently reported that violent crime on the CTA’s train system is elevated, even though ridership is down sharply due to COVID. Through April 20, Chicago police logged 94 robberies on CTA trains, platforms, and stations citywide, according to city data. That’s equal to or more than the number of cases recorded during many recent years with normal ridership levels. There were 125 incidents during the period last year, 119 in 2019, and 105 in 2013.

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