Postal worker fatally shot on I-57 just hours after separate shooting on expressway

OAK FOREST, Ill. — A postal worker was fatally shot on I-57 late Monday, just hours after a separate shooting on the same freeway wounded three people.

Tamara Clayton, 55, was on her way to work about 10 p.m. Monday when someone fired three shots at her vehicle in the northbound lanes of I-57 near Cicero Avenue in Oak Forest.

Clayton worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 25 years.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether she was the intended target.

“Each time this happens, this is somebody’s family,” Clayton’s niece, Kamaria Hills, said. The family was grief-stricken and outraged Monday.

“She stayed away from the Dan Ryan because people were shooting on the Dan Ryan,” daughter Jayla Shelton said.

Shelton described Clayton as a doting mother who made sacrifices to put her daughter through Catholic school and college.

“She is my absolute best friend,” Shelton said. “And I lost that. … My mom made sure I had the best education, and she did it single-handedly.”

The fatal shooting happened about six hours after three people were shot and wounded a few miles away on I-57 in Calumet Park.

That attack left a 38-year-old man in critical condition, police said. Two boys, ages 12 and 15, were also shot; their conditions had stabilized. Police said an 8-year-old girl in the car was not shot, but was taken to a hospital.

Police are seeking suspects.

“This is happening too often,” Hill said. “And it’s ridiculous. It’s senseless. I mean, lives are being ripped from families for no reason.”

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