Kennedy Expressway shooting ruled murder-suicide

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Illinois State Police conduct a death investigation on the outbound Kennedy Expressway Sunday morning. | Network Video Productions

CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) - A man fatally shot his passenger, then himself in an SUV on the Kennedy Expressway early Sunday on the Northwest Side, authorities said.

Crews responded about 4 a.m. to the shooting in the northbound lanes of the expressway north of Armitage Avenue, where they found a silver Chevrolet Tahoe that had stopped on the expressway, according to Illinois State Police.

The 43-year-old driver, Eric L. Taylor, and 36-year-old passenger, Camille C. Cooley, were each found with a gunshot wound to the head, police said. Both were pronounced dead at the scene at 4:28 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

An autopsy Monday ruled Taylor’s death a suicide, according to the medical examiner’s office. He lived in the 600 block of Helmholz Avenue in Waukegan.

Cooley’s death was ruled a homicide. Police said she lived in Waukegan, but her home address was listed in the 11400 block of South Calumet Avenue in Chicago by the medical examiner’s office.

A handgun was found inside the vehicle on the floor near the driver, police said.