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‘I’m lucky to be alive’: Man survives shooting on Eisenhower Expressway

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CHICAGO -- On the Eisenhower Expressway near Elmhurst Monday night, a man we'll call "Jason" was pretty sure he was going to die. WGN is concealing the victim's identity to protect him.

"I’m lucky to be alive," he said. "I’m lucky to be here today."

He was heading home on the eastbound Ike and noticed a white SUV veering back and forth, nearly hitting other cars. Jason says he did his best to get out of the way, but the driver pulled up alongside him.

"He rolled down the window and shined a light, and the next thing I know, there was two shots fired," he said.

One round blew out the driver’s side window. The other wound up in the driver’s side door and went through and into the seat. Both of the bullets missed Jason by inches.

The last shooting on the Ike was just three days earlier in Oak Park. State police say there have been four expressway shootings in October alone.

Jason’s girlfriend was driving right behind him Monday night. Pieces of broken glass from his car actually hit hers, and she was certain she’d just seen him get shot.

“I’m shaking, I’m sorry. We’d just dropped off my kids from trick-or-treating," she said while recounting what happened. "Imagine if my kids were in the car. The bullet was found in the back seat."

Jason is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan who says he’s never been shot at in combat --  just in Chicago.

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