2 Shootings This Week On Lake Shore Drive

CBS 2's Tara Molina reports the head of CPD didn't have specific answers on how to curb the recent shootings on Lake Shore Drive.

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IRIKA SARGENT: Another shooting on Lakeshore Drive leaves a 15-year-old girl hospitalized and in critical condition right now, the second shooting there in a week. Our Tara Molina took safety concerns straight to the top. She's joining us live off Lakeshore Drive. Tara, you asked police superintendent David Brown what is being done about this.

TARA MOLINA: Irika, with two shootings in less than a week, what is CPD doing to keep this iconic stretch safe? We are asking, because the two shootings this week aren't the first. We have been tracking concerns here for a while now.

A Chicago landmark. You've seen it immortalized in classic movies and TV shows. There are even songs written about it. But recently, our iconic, picturesque Lakeshore Drive is getting a grittier kind of attention, closed off as a crime scene twice in just the past week. Most recently for this shooting late Thursday, a 15-year-old girl shot in the stomach while inside a car stopped at a red light here near Grant Park. A witness told police, there was no interaction or altercation before shots were fired. Another scene here just days ago, when a 20-year-old man was shot in the face Sunday near the city's museum campus. His car, all bullet holes and shattered glass.

But the two shootings this week aren't the first. Last month, 21-month-old Kayden Swann was shot in the face on Lakeshore Drive in a road rage incident. Other shootings reported in December, November, and October, some of them in the middle of the day. That's what brought us here.

DAVID BROWN: One crime is one too many.

TARA MOLINA: Asking Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown what's being done about this, with Lakeshore Drive, their jurisdiction.

DAVID BROWN: Lakeshore Drive has received additional patrols.

TARA MOLINA: That's as specific as he got, with a new focus on their new preventative community policing plan, the theme for CPD today.

DAVID BROWN: We want to prevent it from happening in the first place. Maybe our interactions with people give us clues about some violent things about to happen on Lakeshore, and we can place that person in custody based on that information to prevent it from happening in the first place.

TARA MOLINA: Police say, they're working with that 15-year-old girl's family right now. No one in custody for that Thursday shooting or the Sunday shooting, but area 3 detectives are investigating today. What does Mayor Lori Lightfoot have to say about all of this violence? We're asking coming up at 6:00. Reporting off Lakeshore Drive, I'm Tara Molina, CBS 2 News.