CHICAGO
12/19/2011 11:59 am ET

Road Rage: Shooting Wounds Two After Drivers Exchange Taunts, Police Say

Two male passengers were wounded early Monday after shots were fired into their vehicle in an apparent road rage attack, police say.

The victims, ages 23 and 33, were being driven by a 21-year-old female driver down West Fullerton Ave. in the Belmont Central neighborhood of Chicago after midnight, the Chicago Tribune reports. The trio became involved in an altercation with another driver, who opened fire on the car, striking the 23-year-old twice in the upper back and the 33-year-old in both hands.

The altercation apparently involved an exchange of taunts between the two vehicles, and one car was observed cutting off the other repeatedly on Fullerton, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The bullets were fired by a male driving a beige or brown Pontiac Grand-Am, who then fled west on Fullerton.

The female driver was uninjured, according to the Tribune, and the wounded men are in critical condition at West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park and John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County. Both victims were admitted gang members.

No arrests have been made, but the police are investigating the incident.

CONVERSATIONS