A young mom who was shot six times in an alleged road rage incident on Interstate 57 earlier this summer wants to know why the person who fired the gun remains free.
Even simple tasks like walking are now painful for Aaliyah Ivory, who was shot six times after being involved in an incident with another driver on the freeway near Vollmer Road on July 16.
“I feel like my life has just come to a standstill,” Ivory said. “I feel like I have the right to be upset.”
Ivory is back home in Park Forest after spending nearly a month in hospital, undergoing five surgeries and with bullet fragments still in her body.
“I had just gotten off work and hopped on the freeway and by the time there was construction, it was a little tight,” she said. “I was driving – he came and tried to block me. When the first two shots rang out…these are the only two I remember. He shot me six times, like a dog.
Ivory said she had a concealed carry permit, but family members say she never touched her gun during the altercation.
Now, two months later, no charges have been filed in the case, and Ivory and his lawyer want to know why the man has not been arrested and charged.
“We tried to FOIA a bunch of information regarding the identity of the person who shot him and we hit a brick wall,” Gregory Kulis said. “I don’t know if the person has weight. There are rumors that they are law enforcement.
Per state law, Illinois State Police declined to name the other person in the case.
Earlier this year, Ivory’s sister, Ashlee Johnson, told NBC 5 that the other driver “started calling her names and calling her racial slurs” during the confrontation, which had started because of a disagreement as the two vehicles tried to merge into one lane because of the road. construction.
Illinois State Police said the other person involved in the case was cooperating with the investigation. In a statement, the department told NBC 5:
“The investigation remains active and ongoing. In order to protect the integrity of the investigation, no information is available at this time.”
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office also sent NBC 5 a statement:
“The CCSAO is committed to working with our law enforcement partners as we work to increase safety in our communities. We have not been contacted by police to review information relating to the charges related to this incident. As in all cases, when information is presented to us, we will review it to determine if criminal charges are appropriate – based on the facts, the evidence and the law.”
Aaliyah Ivory recently started outpatient rehab at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab. She attends sessions three times a week and her family has also started a GoFundMe to help cover her medical expenses.
“By the grace of God, I’m still here,” she said.