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Investigators outside the MetroLink platform at Stadium and 8th Street Sunday night (Credit: KMOV) Investigators outside the MetroLink platform at Stadium and 8th Street Sunday night (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) --- The man hit by a stray bullet at a MetroLink station in downtown St. Louis has died, police said.

According to St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson, a group of six, four men and two women, boarded the MetroLink about one to two stops after a father and son got on in Illinois and were headed into Missouri just before 11 p.m.

After boarding the MetroLink, the six subjects began asking riders for money. After multiple requests, the 29-year-old son decided to give them some cash, but when the suspects demanded more money a fight started, according to Dotson. 

During the fight. the suspect pistol-whipped the son in the face.

When the suspect hit the son with the gun, it went off and a bullet hit 57-year-old Mac Payne, who was standing on the MetroLink platform at Stadium and 8th Street.

Payne was hit in the head. Police said he later died at a hospital on Tuesday.

The robbery victims continued on the MetroLink to the Central West End stop, where they notified police of the incident. They sustained minor injuries during the incident.

Metro issued the following statement early Monday morning regarding the incident:

Metro Public Safety is assisting with the investigation. With ridership on the Metro system at 44 million, serious incidents on MetroLink are rare. One incident however is too many. The safety of our passengers and employees is our top priority.  Our law enforcement partners, St. Louis Metropolitan Police and St. Louis County Police are responsible for policing the MetroLink system in Missouri and in Illinois, it is the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department. 

The suspects reportedly got off the MetroLink train at the Stadium and 8th Street stop. 

Monday, police released the photo of someone they considered a "person of interest." Two days after releasing the photo, police said the individual had been found and was no longer considered a person of interest. 

Homicide investigators are handling the shooting.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of the person of interest call CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-8477.

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