UNIVERSITY VILLAGE— Chicago Police are searching for a man who allegedly shot a CTA rider at the UIC Blue Line station Wednesday morning.
At 10:45 a.m., a 30-year-old man was exiting a train in the 400 block of South Halsted Street when an unknown man grabbed his backpack. As the man pulled away, the man fired one shot in the victim’s back, police said.
The victim was taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition, police said.
The gunman fled westbound not the platform with the person’s backpack, police said.
At an afternoon press conference, Patrol Bureau Chief Fred Waller said there was a brief verbal exchange before the victim was shot. It’s unclear whether the two knew each other, but it appeared to be a robbery, Waller said.
“It seems like this person was targeted …. I don’t think it was random,” Waller told reporters.
Police have videos and photos and were speaking with witnesses who saw the shooting to identify the gunman, Waller said.
On Twitter, Anthony Guglielmi, a police spokesman, said officers were using video footage to track the shooter.
Following the shooting, Blue Line trains were delayed in both directions, according to CTA spokeswoman Irene Ferradaz.
Currently, no trains are stopping at the UIC Blue Line stop while police conduct their investigation, Ferradaz said.
Shuttle buses are being offered between Lasalle and Racine station stops, Ferradaz said.
No one is in custody and police are investigating.