A gunman fired an automatic weapon from a stolen car toward two occupants of another vehicle as the cars traveled across Chicago overnight, eventually leaving one man dead and a woman injured near Navy Pier. The victims are the 54th and 55th persons shot on the Near North Side this year, far more than any other recent year.
Police believe the shooting began on the West Side in the 4200 block of West Roosevelt and continued sporadically until the cars exited Lake Shore Drive at Grand Avenue shortly after 3 a.m.
A Chicago police officer stationed at Navy Pier radioed that he saw a gunman firing an automatic weapon from a car toward another vehicle as they turned west on Grand Avenue. Investigators later found shell casings spread across all the traffic lanes outside Lake Point Tower.
According to initial information from the scene, the gunman was firing from a Volkswagen Tiguan that was stolen from a gas station in the 1600 block of West Van Buren on August 24.
Police found the victims in a car in the 100 block of East Ontario. The male driver, 27, was pronounced dead of multiple gunshot wounds to the torso, according to CPD. His female passenger, 20, suffered a gunshot wound to her back. She is in good condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, police said.
Officers saw the Volkswagen drive onto the Ontario feeder ramp after the incident, but they did not pursue it.