Tow truck driver found dead in shootout, another man also killed

CHICAGO, IL – In a tragic incident early Wednesday morning, two men, including a tow truck driver, were fatally shot during a shootout on Chicago’s Far South Side. The Chicago Police Department reported being called to the scene on the 11300 block of South Lowe Avenue at around 2:29 a.m.

Upon arrival, officers discovered a 59-year-old tow truck driver, who had been shot in the head, deceased at the location. Another man, aged 45, was found with multiple gunshot wounds. He was rushed to Advocate Christ Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries shortly after.

Preliminary investigations indicate that gunfire was exchanged between the two men. Video footage captured at the site revealed that the tow truck had been in the midst of hooking up a vehicle when the altercation escalated.

This violent occurrence echoes the aftermath of an incident from last week near 95th Street and Stony Island Avenue, where another tow truck driver was implicated in a shooting following a road accident.

Alderman Ronnie Mosley of the city’s 21st Ward expressed deep concern over the city’s ongoing gun violence, particularly referring to the unfortunate shooting involving the tow truck operator.

The police confirmed that these recent shootings, including the one involving the tow truck driver, form part of a disturbing pattern of gun-related crimes across the city. According to reports, a total of five homicides occurred in a span of six hours beginning Tuesday night.

The Chicago Police Department’s Area Two detectives are actively investigating the details of the incident as they work to piece together the events that led up to the fatal shootout. Further details remain pending as the community grapples with the continuing surge in gun violence.