3 Wounded in Dan Ryan Expressway Shooting

Three people were wounded in a shooting on the Dan Ryan Expressway early Friday morning, authorities said, including a man who claimed he was walking near the scene where the shooting took place when he was hit by the gunfire. 

The shooting happened at about 1 a.m. in the southbound express lanes of the roadway at 43rd Street on Chicago's South Side. 

Police said they found two shooting victims at 55th Street and Wells, one with a gunshot wound to the abdomen and another shot in the buttocks. Their ages were not immediately known. 

Witnesses told police they saw a white SUV traveling southbound on the expressway before it became involved in a traffic altercation with another vehicle. Witnesses said the people in the white SUV then began shooting at the other vehicle.

The victims were taken to Stroger Hospital for treatment, but their conditions were not known.

Police later said a third person walked into Mercy Hospital and told officials he had been hurt in the expressway shooting Friday morning. The man said he was walking in the area when he was shot, but police said they were still investigating if his shooting was related.  

The shooting shut down the southbound express lanes from 29th Street to 55th Street as police investigated. 

A description of the suspects and their vehicle wasn't available. 

The shooting comes on the heels of numerous expressway shootings over the last year. 

State police have been ramping up partols, particularly on the Dan Ryan Expressway, where a number of shootings have taken place. 

Police say a number of shooting cases have resulted in arrests so far.

"Our message is simple - offenders who commit gun violence on Illinois expressways will be identified and held accountable," ISP Director Leo Schmitz said. 

No one was in custody for the Friday shooting as of 6 a.m. 

Anyone with information on what happened is being asked to call (847) 294-4400. 

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