CHICAGO – Two gunfire attacks on an expressway in Chicago early Thursday morning, killing one person and injuring another, are the latest incidents in a dramatic flare-up of gun violence on the city’s main roads.
Both shootings took place on the northern lanes of Interstate 55 over a three-hour period, according to the Illinois State Police. In the first incident, a person driving on the interstate near Lake Shore Drive at 3:16 a.m. sustained injuries that were deemed not life-threatening by state police.
At 5:39 am, another person was shot dead near Interstate 94 junction. He was pronounced dead in hospital shortly thereafter, police said in a press release.
No arrests were made in any of these shootings, and the state police did not provide any details about any of the victims.
As a result of these incidents, the total number of freeway attacks this year in the Chicago area has reached 213 – more than double the 101 freeway shootings investigated by state police during the same period in 2020.
About six weeks ago, state police announced they were increasing the number of soldiers on expressways. At the time, the agency reported that at least 85 people were injured in the shelling and 16 were killed.
As of November 14, the Chicago Police Department, which does not include freeway shooting, has responded to 3,157 shooting incidents, nearly 300 more than on the same day in 2020. At the same time, the number of murders increased. increased in the city from 696 on November 14, 2020 to 715 on the same date this year. The vast majority of these victims were fatally wounded, but the department did not specify how many.