The Illinois State Police responds to the area of Route 53 and Lake Cook Road near Long Grove for a report of an expressway shooting on January 17, 2024. Malik Sutherland, 20, of Buffalo Grove, (inset left) and Victor Ponce, 20, of Buffalo Grove, (inset right) were arrested this week for their alleged involvement. | Background Photo: Nick Rusin; Insets: Provided

Two Buffalo Grove men have been charged with attempted murder after they allegedly opened fire on an occupied car on Route 53 near Long Grove, state police said.

The Illinois State Police (ISP) responded around 5:35 p.m. on January 17 to the area of Route 53 and Lake Cook Road, which is located on the border of Long Grove and Palatine, for a report of a shooting.

Troopers with Troop 3 arrived to find an expressway shooting occurred on Route 53 at Lake Cook Road.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded and assisted with the incident.

The victim reported their white Chevrolet Silverado had been struck by at least one bullet, according to initial police radio traffic.

ISP officials said the driver reported the shots were fired at their vehicle during a road rage incident.

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The occupants of a charcoal Honda were identified as the offenders.

The road rage incident began on Interstate 290. No injuries were reported in the victim’s vehicle or any other vehicle.

ISP recovered evidence from the victim’s vehicle, conducted numerous interviews and photo line-ups, and executed several search warrants.

ISP agents were able to identify the suspect vehicle and the two suspects.

Malik Sutherland, 20, of Buffalo Grove, and Victor Ponce, 20, of Buffalo Grove, were both charged with attempted murder, a Class X felony.

Agents arrested Sutherland and Ponce on Tuesday. They were transported to the Cook County Jail.