FBI looking for man wanted for shooting rifle on McCormick Place Metra platform

Chicago shooting: Suspect considered armed, dangerous

ByChuck Goudie and Barb Markoff, Christine Tressel and Ross Weidner via WLS logo
Thursday, December 10, 2020
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The FBI is trying to determine whether a Metra platform shooter may have been testing the system for a larger attack.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The FBI needs your help tracking down a man who is seen in surveillance video firing a weapon on a Metra platform back on December 1.

In the videos released by the FBI Wednesday, you can see the man pull a collapsible rifle out of his backpack.

Then, according to the FBI, he aims and fires a single round at the Metra station located near Lake Shore Drive and 23rd Street.

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No one was hurt in the mid-morning shooting.

"No matter what his motivations might be. You have to find him. And you have your hands on that weapon. If he felt emboldened enough to pull that off at a basically empty metro station. Well, that, that urged him now to go during rush hour to a busy metro station, and we all know what could happen there," former FBI official and ABC News Security Consultant Brad Garrett told the I-Team.

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"There's always the concern that this was a test that he was doing. He picked his location deliberately, he tried to do it quickly. And then he walked away, so that is definitely a possibility. But I don't want members of the public to panic because it's just as likely that this individual made a spontaneous decision," said Siobhan Johnson, Special Agent and Public Affairs Officer, FBI Chicago.

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The man has a receding hairline and a cropped cut. The FBI says he should be considered armed and dangerous.

If you recognize him, call 1-800-CALL-FBI, or submit tips at tips.fbi.gov. Tipsters can also call Metra police at 312-322-2800.