Highway Shooting Epidemic!
We mentioned this as a semi-regular occurrence a week or so ago and suddenly, Channel 7 has an investigative report on the front burner:
- An ABC7 I-Team investigation has found that local highway shootings have more than tripled in recent years, and state police officials say that road rage isn't to blame.
Gunfire on Chicago-area highways is now happening, on average, several times a month.
[...] The I-Team reviewed shooting logs maintained by Illinois State Police obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.
They revel [sic] that in 2010, there were six shootings on Chicago-area expressways. By last year, that number had jumped to 18.
The number increases even more - to 28 - when you include "reported shootings." That's when someone calls 911 to say they saw gunfire but state police couldn't find evidence that bullets hit "anything" or "anyone."
It's a good thing that McCompStat isn't keeping track of these events. Otherwise it might look like Chicago shootings are up in Chicago 31% instead of just a measly 30%.