A man was shot after he and another driver exchanged gunfire during a road rage incident in Lake Forest Wednesday evening, police said.
The Lake Forest Police Department and Lake Forest Fire Department responded around 7:59 p.m. Wednesday to the intersection of Route 41 and Route 60.
Officers located a man lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to the leg. Officers applied first aid to the bleeding victim and secured the scene.
Lake Forest Deputy Police Chief Rob Copeland said that paramedics transported the man to an area hospital in unknown condition.
Officers believe the shooting was the result of a road rage incident that started between the victim, who was driving a dark-colored SUV, and another vehicle.
The other vehicle was identified as a white Dodge Charger with two Mexican flags in the rear window, Copeland said.
Copeland said that the occupants of the two vehicles became upset at each other and both drivers exited their vehicles at the stoplight on southbound Route 41 at Route 60.
“Both drivers exited their vehicles and got into a heated exchange of words that led to shots being fired by both parties,” Copeland said.
The Dodge was last seen driving westbound on Route 60 from the scene and possibly has damage to the rear window from one or more gunshots.
Police recovered a handgun and located several spent rounds. A Northbrook Police Department canine unit located additional evidence that had been discarded away from the scene.
“There is no information that there is any danger to the public at this time. Lake Forest Police are continuing to interview witnesses and further investigate this incident,” Copeland said.
Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact Lake Forest Police Department Detective Adam Milczarek at 847-810- 3810.