Chicago Trooper Dies After Shooting on Chicago Expressway

District Chicago Trooper Gerald Mason, 36, was pronounced dead at 2:16 p.m. Friday at the University of Chicago Medical Center after being shot on the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago.

A day earlier, the Illinois State Police announced it would more than double patrols in the Chicago area beginning Friday, in response to a surge in shootings on expressways over the past two years.

There have been more than 185 shootings on expressways in the region this year, according to the agency, compared to a total of about 130 shootings last year, and just over 50 in 2019.

– Ella Breedlove