CHICAGO —A rideshare driver was fatally shot, and his passenger injured, on the city’s Near West Side.
The shooting happened around 9 p.m. Monday at Roosevelt and Blue Island when a silver SUV pulled up alongside the rideshare vehicle and four men opened fire.
The driver was shot in the torso and transported to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The medical examiner has identified him as 31-year-old Milton Pillacela Ayora.
The 34-year-old passenger was struck in his legs and is in fair condition. Police told WGN the passenger is known by the police department.
No one is in custody.
The family of Milton Pillacela Ayora called the shooting “senseless.” The victim’s father told WGN News that his son was the oldest of four siblings and supported his loved ones financially. He says he gave him a hug during the holidays, not knowing it was going to be his last.
WGN Ness reached out to Lyft for a statement:
“This is an unspeakable tragedy and our hearts are with Mr. Ayora’s loved ones and everyone impacted by this reprehensible incident. We stand ready to support law enforcement with any investigations and are working to get in touch with Mr. Ayora’s family and the rider to offer our support.”