Cars crash, but no one injured in Lake Shore Drive gun battle

The occupants of two vehicles exchanged gunfire on Lake Shore Drive in the Gold Coast Thursday night, police said. No one was shot, but three cars were damaged in crashes that police connected to the incident.

At 10:50 p.m., occupants of a Chrysler Town and Country minivan and another vehicle that police said may be a black SUV began shooting at each other as they traveled southbound in the 1100 block of North Lake Shore Drive, police said.

Investigators found shell casings from two different guns scattered along the roadway between Goethe and Scott streets.

The minivan struck a white Fiat and a Toyota Corolla before it hit the concrete median and crashed near Oak Street, according to CPD. Three or four people who ran from the minivan have not been found.

Police said the women who were driving the Fiat and the Corolla declined medical treatment at the scene.

CPD did not release any official descriptions of the shooters. However, a cop who reviewed surveillance video from near the minivan crash site broadcast the descriptions of a man and woman who ran from the van to fellow officers.

He said one was a Hispanic man with a goatee who wore a white t-shirt and ripped jean shorts. The other was a Hispanic female who stands about 5’4” tall and wore jeans, the officer said. A second officer, citing video footage, said the occupants of the van ran south to the Chicago Avenue pedestrian tunnel to access the lakefront.

Area Three detectives are investigating.

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