A shooting on I-57 on Chicago's South Side has left one man dead and two others seriously injured Friday morning, Illinois State Police said.
ALEXIS MCADAMS: Tonight, police investigating yet another expressway shooting. This time one man is dead and two others badly injured. The shooting happened around 1 o'clock this morning on I-57 near 119th.
LT. COL. DAVID BYRD: This is a big spike. This is one of the highest I've ever seen.
ALEXIS MCADAMS: Just since January, State Police have responded to 42 shootings on Chicago area expressways. That's more than three times higher than the same time last year.
LT. COL. DAVID BYRD: Looking at the Dan Ryan Expressway, I-57, 94, which is the Bishop Ford, 394, I-80. So those are the areas where we see the abundance of the shootings.
ALEXIS MCADAMS: As the cases pile up, families left to deal with the tragedy. Back in 2019, Tammy Clayton, a 55-year-old US postal worker, was shot and killed while driving to work on 57. There were no witnesses and no surveillance footage of the murder.
JAYLA SHELTON: The fact that there's been such an increase over this past year is especially disheartening.
ALEXIS MCADAMS: So family members worked with state officials to launch a $12 million grant to add cameras and plate readers to curb crime on the expressway.
LT. COL. DAVID BYRD: To make sure that they pay for the consequences of doing these violent acts on our interstates.
ALEXIS MCADAMS: As of tonight, the cameras and plate readers have not yet been installed, but the grant money is there and ready for use. Troopers say this could be a game changer when it comes to fighting crime on the expressways.