2 Shot In Car In Northwest Side Gang Attack

UPDATED 12/19/11 8:19 a.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — Two men were early Monday hospitalized after being shot on the city’s Northwest Side, in what was first believed to be a road rage incident but turned out to be a gang-related attack.

A woman was driving a car with two male passengers, when a man in a Pontiac Grand Am pulled up aside them around 12:20 a.m. Monday, according to Grand Central District police.

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They exchanged taunts and tensions reached a boiling point once the cars came to a stop at a traffic light at 6158 W. Fullerton Ave., near Riis Park, in the Belmont Central neighborhood, police said.

The male driver in the Grand-Am displayed a chrome handgun and fired into the other vehicle several times, hitting a 23-year-old man in the front passenger seat passenger twice in the rear shoulder. A 33-year-old man sitting in the back seat was shot once in each hand, police said.

The unidentified shooter fled southbound on Melvina Avenue.

The woman drove away with her two wounded passengers before calling authorities, police said.

She drove them West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, but the younger man was later transferred to Stroger Hospital of Cook County, police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said.

The 23-year-old was in critical condition and the 33-year-old was in stable condition as of Monday morning, according to police.

Police initially called the incident a case of road rage, but now think the attack may have been gang-related.

No one was in custody for the attack early Monday.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • Just Axin

    If that’s the NW Side, what would you call Edison Park? The media need to have defined boundaries as they call everything north of North Ave and west of California the NW Side.

  • GiveMeBackMyBullets

    Was this simply a case of road rage or something more? The story above omits the fact that the two victims are admitted gang members.

    • Roberta Waker

      Minor oversight, as usual for CBS. They are in such a hurry to report something they leave out a lot of details. CBS’ credibility is very low because of this type of “reporting”.

  • Get on The Ball CBS

    This is one of those stories where the public can be of some help, considering the shooter got away. We will all be on the lookout for the suspect and will remain vigilant until we get them. Oh, wait a minute! CBS seems to have forgotten the description of the suspect we should be on the lookout for. The most important fact in the story, and CBS forgets to include it. How are people to know who to look for or who to avoid? Come on CBS, get on the ball. Include the criminal’s descriptions with these stories!!!

  • not from south of I80-

    Let’s all run to vote for more guns on the street, yeah !

  • Jim Hamilton

    Here is a better idea

    DECATUR, Ill. (CBS) — A downstate lawmaker would like to kick Chicago and Cook County out of the Illinois.
    CBS 2 Political Producer Ed Marshall says state Rep. Bill Mitchell (R-Decatur) finds that Cook County dominates all politics and legislation in Springfield, and he thinks it is time for the state to cut its largest population center adrift for the “betterment” of the rest of Illinois.
    He says Cook County should be allowed to exist apart from the state like the District of Columbia, with its own government.

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