Illinois State Police saturate patrols in the wake of the Chicago-area highway shooting; The data indicates that very few arrests are made in such cases

Chicago (CBS) – Overnight, Three shootings on the highway They were reported in northern Illinois over a four-hour period – two of them within the Chicago city limits.

This all comes after two men were also killed earlier this week in Stevenson Highway.

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Late Thursday afternoon, Illinois State Police said they had a plan. They are going to more than double their patrols.

State police said additional patrols would begin Friday night. It would be a 157 percent increase – although for security reasons, the state police will not provide the exact number of patrols they represent.

We’ve been tracking the escalation of violence on our roads for several months at CBS 2, but now we’re getting new information about how many of those behind this violence are getting away with it. As CBS 2’s Tara Molina reports, it’s not unusual for shooters to get caught.

In fact, the number of people actually identified and then caught in the highway shootings is in the singles digits.

We tracked 185 Shooting employment Chicago Highway District This year only as of 7:30 a.m. Thursday. Last year, there were 128, and in 2019, there were 52.

So, with 92 days remaining in 2021, we’re not only looking at record violence, but also at roads that saw shootings roughly every two days of the year.

A total of 16 people have also been killed in highway shootings this year. Two men were killed this week – a driver and a passenger – in a double shooting on Stephenson Expressway late Tuesday near Wentworth Street and Chinatown.

Meanwhile, 85 people have been injured in a shooting on our highways this year.

That number included a man who was fatally shot on the Eisenhower Highway near Kidzy Street on the city’s west side shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Chicago police joined the Illinois State Police in a road search and found shell casings.

The man injured in the shooting was a 55-year-old from Downers Grove, who was driving the car that was hit by the bullets. His injuries were serious, but not life-threatening.

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His passenger, a 22-year-old man from Woodridge, was unharmed.

Hours later, Jane Adams Memorial Tollway was shot near the Belvedere Oasis northwest of the Chicago area. Fortunately no one was hurt.

But minutes after the second shooting, around 1:26 a.m. Thursday, there was a third shooting. Bishop Ford Highway near 130th Street was shot – a car was hit, but no one was hurt.

And while the Illinois State Police investigated the three overnight shootings and Tuesday’s fatal shooting, we know that the rise in shootings is not reversed with a rise in arrests.

Of the 185 shootings this year, only nine people – nine of the shootings – have been arrested and charged.

Molina’s interview request was declined, so we were unable to ask the ISP to address this low number personally. But the ISP released a statement, which read in part that there are now “specialized teams dedicated specifically to the task of stopping and combating violence on our highways,” with the ISP “saturating the highways in order to keep the public safe.”

“For more than 30 years, running highways in the Chicago area has been a unique duty for this agency, and in that time, we have not previously encountered the concentrated levels of gun violence that we encountered in 2020 and 2021,” said ISP Director Brendan F. Kelly said in a press release. “We are a statewide agency with statewide missions and responsibilities, but we must allocate the largest resources to the most urgent needs, and now there is an even greater need here, on the Chicago highways.”

The ISP reported that as part of the Safe Drive Detail, state police will redeploy officers from across the state to the Chicago area to prevent road violence.

We’ve heard about saturation from your ISP before. Last month, a soldier was on the Dan Ryan Highway and nearby when the shooting took place and was able to respond immediately.

Meanwhile last month, we also heard of plans to install 200 license plate cameras To help state police investigate highway shootings. There has been no update from the ISP on when these cameras will be launched, but we do know that these cameras will be installed within the next year – made possible by a $12.5 million grant.

Here’s a breakdown of where the Chicago highway shootings took place:

2021 Cook County Highway Shootings listed by highway location (09/30/21-7:30 a.m.)

I-90/94 (Dan Ryan):

56

I-290:

39

I-94 (Bishop Ford):

29

I-57:

26

I-55 (Stevenson):

17

I90/94 (Kennedy):

8

I-80:

4

I-94 (Edens):

4

IL-394

2

Total:

185

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This is a series of questions Molina asked her ISP and ISP answers:

Q: How many shootings have resulted in deaths? How many shootings resulted in an injury?

A: In 2021 – 85 highway shootings involving injuries were reported, and there were a total of 16 highway shootings that resulted in fatalities. The total number of injuries including deaths is 119; 102 wounded and 17 dead.

Q: How many shooters are identified in the 2021 shooting? How many people are accused in connection with the shootings in 2021?

A: Currently in 2021, 9 have been arrested and charged in connection with highway shootings during 2021.

Q: Can you provide information on how the number/locations of troops sent has changed due to firing?

A: Currently, the Major Crimes Unit of the Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigations investigates the majority of reported highway shootings. The ISP Division of Patrol (DOP) has many ongoing initiatives to combat violence on our highways and our dedicated teams dedicated specifically to the mission of stopping and combating violence on our highways by saturating highways in order to keep the public safe. The ISP continues to proactively patrol and saturate the Chicagoland highways with the goal of ensuring public safety.

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