CHICAGO — A string of shootings in just a matter of hours hit Chicago’s expressways Wednesday night into Thursday morning.
According to Illinois State Police, one person was seriously injured in a shooting on the Eisenhower Expressway Wednesday night. Police said troopers responded to a shooting on I-290 westbound near Kedzie Avenue just before 10:35 p.m. One person sustained serious injuries and was transported to a local hospital.
The westbound lanes were closed for an investigation with traffic being diverted to California Avenue before lanes reopened at approximately 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning.
Around 1:20 a.m., gunshots were fired on the Jane Addams Tollway near the Belvidere Oasis. Just six minutes later, another shooting was reported on the southbound Bishop Ford Freeway near 130th Street, striking a car with bullets.
According to Illinois State Police, troopers have responded to 185 reported expressway shootings on Cook County expressways in 2021, a significant increase from 128 in 2020.
There were 52 reported expressway shootings on Cook County expressways in 2019, with 43 expressway shootings in 2018.