A CTA bus driver was shot near Millennium Park on Saturday evening, just two hours before another man was shot in an apparent road rage incident a few blocks away, according to police.
The 34-year-old bus driver was outside his #20 Madison bus on the first block of East Washington when he began struggling with a man who walked up behind him, a witness said. The driver fell during the altercation, and the offender shot him one time in the jaw, according to information provided to CWBChicago.
Police searched the area for the gunman and took him into custody near Jackson and Wabash shortly after the shooting. A gun was recovered, police said. Charges are pending.
Paramedics took the bus driver to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious condition. He reportedly suffered significant damage to his teeth and mouth from the gunshot.
Then, around 11:45 p.m., a 28-year-old man was shot as he drove on the 600 block of South Michigan, police said. The man lost control of his car and crashed into a light pole after he was shot, according to police. He suffered one gunshot wound to his left foot and was taken to Stroger Hospital for treatment.
He described the gunman as a Black male wearing a white hoodie who was traveling inside a white vehicle.
No arrests have been made in the second shooting.
There have been 20 people shot in the Loop so far this year. That compares to 18 shooting victims for the entire year of 2020. Only three people were shot in the Loop during 2019, and prosecutors deemed two of those to be self-defense.