1 dead, 1 injured in explosion of gun violence on Chicago freeways | News from USA®

By DON BABWIN, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) – Two Chicago freeway shootings early Thursday left one dead and one injured, the latest incidents of a dramatic spike in gun violence on the city’s main roads.

Illinois State Police said both shots occurred in the northbound lanes of Interstate 55 within three hours. In the first incident, a person traveling on the freeway near Lake Shore Drive at 3:16 a.m. suffered what state police called non-life threatening injuries.

At 5:39 a.m., another person was shot dead near the ramp to Interstate 94. The person was pronounced dead shortly after in a hospital, police said in a statement.

No arrests were made in either of the shootings, and state police did not provide any details about any of the victims.

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These incidents bring the total number of highway shootings so far this year in the Chicago area to 213, more than double the 101 highway shootings 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 that time, the agency said at least 85 people were injured in the gunfire and 16 were killed.

As of November 14, the Chicago Police Department – whose figures do not include highway shootings – had responded to 3,157 shootings, nearly 300 more than on the same date in 2020. At the same time, the number of homicides has increased. increased in the city from 696 on November 14, 2020 to 715 on the same date this year. The vast majority of those victims were shot dead, but the department did not say how many.

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