Driver crashes on Touhy Avenue after shots are fired at car on Edens Highway; Lanes closed for hours – CBS Chicago
By Sabrina Franza
LINCOLNWOOD, Ill. (CBS) — Just in time for the evening commute, all lanes of the Edens Expressway reopened late Thursday after gunfire closed an exit for hours.
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CBS 2’s Sabrina Franza spoke to the victim off-camera. He was fortunately fine physically, but shaken.
At 11:30 a.m., Illinois State Police were called to Edens northbound on Touhy Avenue to a reported shooting.
The victim, a 34-year-old man from Skokie who did not go on camera, told CBS 2 that he was driving home from CVC school and leaving the freeway on Touhy Avenue when shots were fired. fire were fired at his car. He said earlier the gunfire started on Peterson Avenue.
The video shows a chaotic escape from the driver of an Audi sport utility vehicle who attempted to flee the scene.
“He tried to turn back because the police were already there,” witness Rodolfo Bonjoc said. “He tried to avoid it, so he went south.”
Bonjoc lives across the street.
“Every accident they come here to watch our CCTV,” he said.
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Bonjoc said lately that the police have been knocking on his door more and more often.
“Today is twice,” he said.
Police tell us there have been nine shootings this year alone along Chicagoland freeways. Last year there were 264.
Following the gunshots, the victim’s car spun out of control. What was left was towed from the exit ramp.
Helicopter 2 has cleared the congestion caused by the investigation. Late Thursday afternoon, state police were still searching for evidence.
All northbound lanes of the Edens were closed following the gunfire.
Lincolnwood Police said the Touhy Avenue exit on the Edens Highway was also closed after the shooting, along with Cicero Avenue between Touhy and Pratt Avenues.
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All lanes of the Edens were reopened around 2:15 p.m. while police searched for the suspect. The ramp and Cicero Avenue also reopened later.