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Friday, March 22, 2013
Man shot in Jefferson Park road rage, police say
A man was wounded when shots were fired from one car at another in the Jefferson Park neighborhood in what police are calling a case of road rage. WGN's Frank Holland with details from the scene. (WGN-TV)
By Peter Nickeas and Jeremy GornerTribune reporters
12:43 p.m. CDT, March 22, 2013
A man was wounded when shots were fired from a black Mercedes SUV at a white Cadillac Escalade in the Jefferson Park neighborhood this morning, in what police are calling an apparent case of road rage.
The Escalade had pulled up to a home in the 4400 block of North Lavergne Avenue shortly before 5 a.m. when the Mercedes rolled up behind it and someone inside opened fire, riddling the back windows and passenger side with bullets, according to Police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli.
The Mercedes sped off and the driver of the Cadillac started chasing it as his brother slumped in the passenger seat, wounded in the back, police said. The SUVs raced up Lavergne to Lawrence Avenue, then on Milwauke Avenue to Foster, Mirabelli said.
The Mercedes ran a red light at Nagle Avenue and collided with a Toyota van driven by a 29-year-old man, Mirabelli said. The four people inside the Mercedes, three men and a woman, left the SUV in the intersection and ran off. Two guns were recovered from it.
Meanwhile, the Cadillac stopped at a CVS store and asked someone there to call 911 for the wounded man. While there, the driver saw an ambulance headed to the accident scene and followed it, Mirabelli said.
The wounded man, 37, was taken in serious condition to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, according to police. The driver of the van was taken to Resurrection Medical Center and treated for pain in his arms, police said.
Three people in the Escalade were being questioned by police. Mirabelli said the back passenger side windows and the back window were blown out by gunfire, and there were bullet holes on the back passenger side quarter panel.
Police said they were checking surveillance footage from a camera at Foster and Nagle.