Safety concerns rise after another motorist is shot on Lake Shore Drive

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CHICAGO (CBS) — A man was shot in the face on Lake Shore Drive near the museum campus over the weekend, and it’s not the first such shooting in recent times.

Sunday night, CBS 2’s Tara Molina asked what was being done to address security concerns.

In the latest incident, police say the 20-year-old victim was heading south on Lake Shore Drive just after midnight Sunday morning when he was shot in the face. The driver was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where his condition stabilized.

The car he was driving was riddled with bullets.

There have been other shootings on this same stretch of Lake Shore Drive in and around downtown over the past few months – and at this point people are telling us they are nervous behind the wheel and want do more at the city level.

“A lot of us don’t feel safe, and that’s not OK,” said pilot Veronica Russell. “It ruins our perspective of Chicago.”

The reason is not just because Lake Shore Drive is a major thoroughfare for Chicago residents and visitors, but because this latest shooting is far from the first of its kind.

On April 6, 21-month-old Kayden Swan was also shot on Lake Shore Drive. A gunman opened fire on the car Kayden was traveling in two blocks northbound on Lake Shore Drive near Roosevelt Road along Grant Park.

Kayden was shot in the face.

Other shooting incidents on Lake Shore Drive were reported last December, November and October.

On Sunday, October 11, a woman was shot in the head while driving on Lake Shore Drive near Jackson Drive in the middle of the day. This incident was the most brazen, and CBS 2’s Steven Graves reported at the time that shootings on Lake Shore Drive were up for the year 2020.

We’ve asked Chicago Police, the Chicago Department of Transportation, and Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office about safety issues in the wake of this recent shooting — but those are issues that have yet to be resolved. There was a response.

“If senior officials really had control over gun violence and the number of damaging events that are happening in Chicago, it would be better for our community,” Russell said.

As of late Sunday, Chicago police had no one in custody in connection with the shooting on Lake Shore Drive. Area 3 detectives were investigating Sunday evening.

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