ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Ill. — Illinois State Police are investigating after a person was shot and injured on Interstate 55 in St. Clair County Thursday evening.
According to Master Sergeant Delila Garcia with the Illinois State Police, the shooting happened in the northbound lanes of I-55 near mile marker three at about 4:30 p.m.
Garcia said officers were called to the area, where they found the victim near the intersection of 9th Street and Winstanley Avenue just off I-55. The victim was suffering from gunshot wounds when he was taken to the hospital.
No other information has been provided. The investigation is ongoing, Garcia said.
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