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Two Men Were Shot On The Dan Ryan Expressway

By Mae Rice in News on Jul 19, 2016 2:22PM

Photo via Bryce Edwards on Flickr

Two men were injured in a shooting on the Dan Ryan Expressway Monday night. The shooting took place just before midnight in the northbound lanes near 67th Street, state police said in a statement.

The victims, one of them a juvenile, had just left a gas station at 63rd & Wentworth in a stolen car, and were headed north when someone in a black car pulled up alongside them and shot into their car. The victims pulled off the road at 59th Street, and Chicago and state police arrived at the scene. There were four people in the car, according to state police, and two of them were injured: one, the driver and a juvenile, had been shot in the lower left leg; another man, a passenger in the backseat, had been shot in his left hip.

Both victims were taken to Stroger Hospital to get their injuries treated. No one is in custody yet, state police said.

Several northbound lanes of the expressway were closed for a few hours while police investigated the shooting, but have now been reopened.

The Monday night shootings comes on the heels of a particularly violent summer weekend in Chicago. Last weekend at least 7 people were killed and 52 people were injured in shootings around the city, according to the Tribune.

This is not the first instance of violence on the Dan Ryan this summer, either. In May, a man was shot in the face while driving a semi-tractor near 95th Street. Expressway shootings are on the rise in Chicago, reflecting a rise in violence citywide, the Tribune reported (also in May).

Correction, 9:53 a.m.: State police previously told us that both shooting victims were juveniles. The victim in the backseat was not a juvenile. This post has been updated accordingly.