Downtown: Cops grow skeptical of woman’s shooting claim

The woman told police that she was shot as she rode in a car near the LSD bridge over the Chicago River. | Wikimedia

Chicago police are skeptical of a woman’s claim that she was shot while riding in a vehicle on Lake Shore Drive near the Chicago River on Friday evening.

The woman, 20, told police that she was a passenger in the rear seat of a Nissan sedan that was traveling northbound on Lake Shore Drive when someone began firing shots from a white SUV that pulled alongside her just before 11 p.m.

Police said the Nissan’s driver transported the woman to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where she was treated for a gunshot wound to the right hand.

Since then, however, police have found no evidence that the shooting actually happened as the woman described. Officers came up emptyhanded when they searched the purported shooting scene for shell casings. Also, a significant number of officers were stationed along the lakefront and Lake Shore Drive for the Memorial Day Weekend, yet none heard gunfire, said CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

Investigators’ skepticism has continued to grow as the driver of the Nissan has failed to bring the car into police for post-shooting processing.

Area Central detectives continue to look into the report.

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