Woman wounded in expressway shooting that killed boyfriend: ‘He looked at me and said ‘I got shot’

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CHICAGO – A woman who was wounded in a shooting on the Eisenhower Expressway that killed her boyfriend  says she does not know why they were targeted.

Alexis Garcia was in the passenger seat yesterday morning around 6 a.m. while her boyfriend Johnathon Ortiz was driving her SUV. The couple was headed to grab a bite to eat.

Garcia says she noticed a black jeep driving badly behind them but she says she didn't see the car that fired the shots.

“I heard the shots,” Garcia told WGN News.  “I did not even realize it was directed towards us until he looked at me and he said, ‘Baby I got shot.’”

She says she steered the car off the Eisenhower expressway at Laramie.

Ortiz was shot multiple times.  He was pronounced dead at Stroger hospital. Garcia was treated and released with a bullet still in her back.

“God saved me and John saved me because I should have been driving my car but he wanted to drive my car,” she said.

Ortiz was a rapper who went by the stage name John Doe.   He performed earlier this month at The House of Blues.

Garcia says her boyfriend had dreams of making it big so that he could help his family.

Garcia says she wants justice.

“Our love was real great. He was my best friend,” she said.

Now they've started a GoFundMe page to raise money for the funeral.

“I don't want to think that it was someone trying to hurt him because he would never hurt anyone,” Garcia said.  “But in my mind, I have no clue.”

Just hours after that shooting there was more deadly gunfire on the Eisenhower that left Devon Almon dead.

Illinois State Police are calling the shootings isolated incidents, not random.

State police are investigating and asking anyone with any information about yesterday's shootings to contact them.

Illinois State Police is asking anyone with information to call 847-294-4400.



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