3 people shot following police pursuit on busy expressway
Three people were shot during a police pursuit along two major Chicago expressways in broad daylight Tuesday morning. The investigation that followed blocked portions of the Dan Ryan Expressway and delayed traffic.
According to police, a number of rounds were fired on both sides including police opening fire on the suspect’s car while driving down the Dan Ryan.
The pursuit began just after 11 this morning near Ferdinand and Hamlin near Garfield Park on Chicago’s West side. A police officer came upon a shootout by two groups.
Pat Camden from the Fraternal Order of Police said the office called in the shooting when the suspects began firing at police. Camden says three men in their 20s in a white car took off.
Police chased them, first onto the nearby Eisenhower Expressway then south on the Dan Ryan where the CPD squad pulled up alongside the men, who were still driving south.
“The passenger in the rear seat about 28th St. now points a gun at the officers that are pursuing them,” Camden said. “They’re right next to the car. It’s a semi automatic 9 mm with extended clip. At that point the officers in the car fire at the offender’s car.”
Both cars pulled off at 35th St. The three men crashed their car, first into another car then into a snow bank where police tried to end it.
Police blocked off the exit ramp at 35th and had the two right lanes of the southbound Ryan closed off for hours for the investigation
Two victims were transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition and a third victim was transported to Stroger Hospital. That suspect was treated and released according to a source at the hospital and is now in custody of law enforcement.
No one else was injured, including police.