Kids are OK, but dad suffered graze wound in downtown expressway shooting overnight

An Indiana man was shot while driving his children on the Eisenhower Expressway near the Loop early Saturday. The kids were not injured, according to a source.

Illinois State Police Trooper Edgar Valdez said the man was driving on the ramp from eastbound I-290 to the Wacker – Franklin split when his car was struck by gunfire around 1:05 a.m. The shots were fired from another vehicle, Valdez said, citing preliminary information.

Valdez said the man was taken to a hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening. A source said the driver, age 27, suffered a graze wound to his left leg.

Chicago police who handled the man’s call for help found him and his Chevy Tahoe on the 300 block of South Franklin. CPD officers found several bullet holes in the man’s car, but the man’s children, who were in the back seat, escaped injury, according to a source. The ages of the children could not be confirmed.

According to Chicago crime tracking site HeyJackass, there have been eight murders and 33 non-fatal shootings on expressways within the city limits so far this year. That compares to six murders and 34 non-fatal highway shootings during all of 2020, site operators said.

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