I-55 shooting closes Stevenson Expressway for hours; one dead, two wounded

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By Diane Pathieu, ABC 7 News

One person is dead and two others rushed to the hospital after a shooting on I-55 early Saturday morning.

Traffic on the Stevenson Expressway was also impacted for hours at Cicero as Illinois State Police investigate.

It happened in the inbound lanes of the Stevenson at Cicero just before 2 a.m. according to officials.

Illinois State Police said a car got onto the expressway at Harlem, and was hit by bullets near Cicero.

The driver, a 27-year-old male, died before help could arrive. Both passengers in the vehicle were also shot. The 16-year-old front seat passenger suffered non-life threatening injuries and is in stable condition, while the rear passenger, a 19-year-old female, is in critical condition. The two surviving victims were transported to Mount Sinai Hospital.

There have been at least 14 other expressway shootings in our area this year.

Community activist Andrew Holmes is part of a group pushing for change.

They want cameras installed across all expressways to help authorities investigate these shootings.

“The Illinois House just passed a bill, HB0331, just this Thursday to approve surveillance cameras on the expressway,” Holmes said.

The bill is now on its way to the Senate.

Anyone who witnessed the shooting or has any knowledge of the shooting is asked to contact the ISP at 847-294-4400. Callers can remain anonymous.

All lanes of the Stevenson Expressway are now open.

This article originally appeared in ABC 7 News.

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