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Couple’s beloved dog Ruby killed during filming on Bishop Ford Freeway the day after Thanksgiving; “She was a good, a good puppy” – CBS Chicago


CHICAGO (CBS) – A Chicago couple are shaken by their beloved dog, Ruby, who was killed when someone fired six shots in their car while their pet was in the backseat.

The Friday after Thanksgiving, they returned home to Chicago. It all started on the Bishop Ford Highway at 115e Street, but ended at the emergency vet, where the couple were forced to say goodbye to Ruby.

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Now the Illinois State Police are asking for your help in locating the shooter.

Loving, energetic and loyal; not even 3 years; The rescued brown-eyed border collie mix, Ruby, was more than a dog to his people, Joan Levergood and Doug Johnson.

“She was a member of the family,” Joan said.

A family that celebrates Thanksgiving together; So Ruby had left for the return trip to Michigan for their celebrations.

Ruby snuggled up between them after the big Thanksgiving Day meal; the last photo they have together.

“She was a good, good puppy,” Joan said.

A memory, which only makes it more difficult to look at this image.

“We think that low is what hit Ruby,” Doug said, showing the six bullet holes pierced in their car Friday on a crowded freeway around 3 p.m.

One of those bullets hit Ruby.

The cooler in the back still has a ball lodged in it.

Joan continued to drive as Doug crawled in the backseat.

“We were sure she had been hit. It took me a few minutes to figure out where, ”said Doug.

All they saw was a white car driving dangerously and erratically.

“It looked like an extremely expensive, extremely rare white sports car,” said Doug.

This car was slipping through traffic.

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They later learned that no one else had called 911.

After hours at the emergency vet, they learned that Ruby was paralyzed with permanent brain damage.

“It got us to make a tough decision and say goodbye to him,” Joan said.

They choose to speak up for a reason.

There have been 232 shootings so far this year on Chicago-area freeways; more than the last two years combined.

Twenty-two people were killed in the shootings and 103 others were injured.

But of those 232 shootings, only 13 accused shooters were arrested and charged.

Joan and Doug hope sharing their story will help change that.

“She could have been a child. She could have been your grandmother, your baby, ”Joan said. “It could really happen to anyone. I drove like I always do. There were a lot of cars around me.

Illinois State Police said that between Thanksgiving eve and Monday morning, there were eight shootings on Chicago-area freeways:

  • I-57 SB 147th 11-26-21 16:18
  • I-94 N.-B. 115th Street 11-26-21 15:10
  • I-290 EB Harlem 11-26-21 20:15
  • I-94 SB 111th 11-26-21 21:00
  • I-55 SB Pulaski 11-26-21 22:19
  • I-94 N.-B. 28th 11-27-21 2:15 AM
  • I-55 SB Kedzie 11-21-21 2:45 am
  • I-57 NB 119e 28-11-21 20:55

Joan said, what if the roads of Chicago are a place where a person cannot drive, sit in a car, or, in Ruby’s case, lie in a backseat without fear of being shot?

“The majority of people might not be dog lovers, but they love someone, and that person could have been in the back of the car instead of Ruby,” Joan said.

“It’s going to be quite difficult to go ahead and love the city like I did before,” she added. “You kind of lose faith when it’s so random and so unnecessary.”

As recently as last week, we reported this issue, contacting state police about its use of a new camera and license reader system. So far, only 100 cameras have been installed and are operational. They won’t say where, but Joan and Doug said they were told no camera captured this shot.

No one is in custody for the shooting that killed Ruby. Illinois State Police are asking anyone with information to call 847-294-4400 or email advice to ISP.CrimeTips@Illinois.gov. Cookies can remain anonymous.

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