Woman, 76, shot while driving in Brighton Park near 40th, Artesian

A 76-year-old woman was shot while driving in the Brighton Park neighborhood on Chicago's Southwest Side.
May 7, 2014 8:16:24 PM PDT
A 76-year-old woman was shot while driving in the Brighton Park neighborhood on Chicago's Southwest Side.

The female victim was shot in her car while reportedly on her way to visit her mother, who's in her 90s. And after getting shot, the woman managed to continue driving another two miles. A hole in the trunk marks the spot where a bullet entered the vehicle and hit the woman behind the wheel.

"She didn't even want to move or nothing, so the cops had to go in there and take her out. And then they just took her into the ambulance," said Erick Aparicio, witness.

It happened just before 7 p.m. Wednesday night at 40th and Artesian in the Brighton Park neighborhood. Witnesses said the bullets came from a passing vehicle.

"Just six really loud pop, pop, pop, pop, pops. And that was it," said Heidi Dueweke, resident.

"I ran out the door, the front door, and I didn't see anything. I just saw a bunch of kids standing over there saying the car passed by, and there was some crazy shooter," said Josefina Rojas, resident.

It's unclear if the victim was the intended target. Police say she was at a stop sign in her car when a bullet hit her in the shoulder.

But instead of stopping for help, it appears she then drove her white Buick two miles to the 2400 block of West 55th Street ext to Gage Park, which was full of families enjoying the mild weather.

"The lady pulled over. She was there, and the next thing you know, one cop showed up. And we didn't think it was going to be something serious. We didn't know what was going on until a lot of them started showing up," said Martin Paramo, witness.

Eyewitness News is told the 76-year-old woman is in stable condition at Stroger Hospital. Police right now have no one in custody, and a motive for the shooting is unclear.

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