Uber passenger killed in drive-by shooting on South Side

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A man was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting about 2:10 a.m. Monday in the 7400 block of Stony Island Ave. | Tyler Lariviere/Sun-Times

An Uber passenger was killed when he was shot in the head and neck early Monday in the Grand Crossing neighborhood on the South Side.

Patrick D. George, 34,was sitting in the back seat of a bluecarshortly after 2 a.m. when a light-colored SUV pulled up and and someone in that vehicle opened fire in the 7400 block of South Stony Island Avenue, Chicago Police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said.

Markers show where Chicago Police officers recovered shell casings in the fatal shooting of an Uber passenger, who was wounded at about 2:10 a.m. Monday in the 7400 block of Stony Island Avenue. | Tyler Lariviere/Sun-Times.

Markers show where Chicago Police officers recovered shell casings in the fatal shooting of an Uber passenger, who was wounded at about 2:10 a.m. Monday in the 7400 block of Stony Island Avenue. | Tyler Lariviere/Sun-Times.

George, who lived in the South Shore neighborhood,was taken to Jackson Park Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:10 a.m.,authorities said.

Police recovered shell casings from the scene of the shooting near a gas station and a Jewel-Osco. The Uber driver apparently drove the wounded passenger to the emergency room.

The bluecar’s rear window was shot out. The carcould be seen at the hospital under police guardMonday morning.

No one was in custody as Area South detectivesinvestigated.They were reviewing surveillance video to identify the SUV, although a motive for the shooting was not immediately known, police said.

Kayla Whaling, an Uber spokeswoman, issued a statement Monday afternoon offering condolences.

“We are saddened to hear of this horrifying incident and stand ready to provide any information to police for their investigation,” Whaling said in a statement. “We extend our thoughts to all those who are mourning the loss of their loved one.”

On April 11, 2017, a female Uber driver was wounded in the leg in the Armour Square neighborhood on the South Side in a similar drive-by shooting. The passenger was unharmed in that incident.

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