CHICAGO (AP) – Two shootings on the Chicago freeway in the early hours of Thursday left one person dead and another injured.
Both shootings occurred within three hours on the northbound lanes of Interstate 55, according to the Illinois State Police. In the first incident, a person traveling on the interstate near Lake Shore Drive at 3:16 p.m. sustained non-life-threatening injuries as state police said.
At 5:39 am, another person was shot near the ramp leading to Interstate 94, according to a press release by police. A short time later, the deceased was pronounced dead in a hospital.
No arrests were made in either attack, and state police did not release any details about either victim.
The events bring the total number of highway attacks hit in the Chicago area so far this year to 213 – more than double the 101 highway attacks that state police investigated during the same period in 2020.
About six weeks ago, state police announced that they were increasing the number of soldiers on the highways. At the time, the agency said at least 85 people were injured and 16 killed in the shootings.
As of November 14, the Chicago Police Department, whose numbers do not include highway shootings, had responded to 3,157 shooting incidents in 2020, nearly 300 more than the incident on the same date. At the same time, the number of murders increased. increased from 696 as of 14 November 2020 in the city to 715 on the same date this year. The vast majority of these victims were fatally shot, but the department did not specify how many.