A Chicago woman identified as Aaliyah Ivory is in the hospital after she was shot six times on Interstate 57 in the south suburbs.
Just before 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aaliyah Ivory, 24, of Park Forest, was on her way to Chicago to meet up with pals. According to her family, she was attempting to merge onto I-57 northbound from Lincoln Highway near Matteson.
“He wouldn’t let her over so he tried to push her off the side of the road,” the family said, WGN News reported.. “She cut him back off, he pulled up on the side of her, called her a racist name. She called him a name back — he got behind her, next thing you know bullets started to shoot.”
When Ivory was able to pull over on I-57 near Vollmer Road, witnesses rushed to her aid. She was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.
Cell phone footage obtained by WGN News showed Illinois State Police handcuffing and transporting the alleged shooter to a squad car.
According to family, a detective told them the man expressed fear for his life and was released without charges. Kimberly, Ivory’s sister, said she had a concealed carry licence but doesn’t believe she ever used it. According to WGN News.
“Her weapon was not drawn, was not shot either,” Kimberly Ivory said. “It was in a holster on safety.”
Doctors have told the Ivory family that she will be on a long road to recovery while they await the results of the investigation. Ivory has a bullet in her spine and significant damage to other sections of her body.
“One surgery she has to have is in her hand because she threw her hand up to block the bullet,” her sister said. “It shattered like 30 bones in her hand.”
Illinois State Police did not confirm if the man was released without charges and told WGN News the investigation is still ongoing.
“They said he feared for his life,” Ivory said. “But my daughter was shot in the back.”