CHICAGO — A 19-year-old woman is in critical condition after she was shot in the head while riding in a vehicle on Lake Shore Drive downtown Sunday afternoon, according to the Chicago Police Department.
A Dodge Caliber was stopped on northbound Lake Shore Drive around 1:20 p.m., waiting for the light at Jackson Drive, when police say another vehicle pulled alongside and words were exchanged between the occupants of the vehicles.
Police said at some point an individual sitting in the back of the second vehicle fired shots at the Dodge Caliber, striking a 19-year-old woman in the head. The vehicle she was riding in fled north on Lake Shore Drive, eventually stopping at 600 Grand Avenue, where emergency crews were called.
Police arriving on the scene administered first aid to the injured woman, and she was taken to Northwestern University Hospital in critical condition.
Lake Shore Drive was closed to northbound traffic from Balbo Drive to Randolph Street while the investigation got underway, but all lanes were reopened as of 3:45 p.m., officials said.
Later Sunday, police said they believe the shooting is “not random” and the people in both vehicles somehow had a connection to one another.