On July 7 at approximately 7:15 p.m., police officers in the area of 1700 Payne St. heard shots being fired. Upon investigating, officers located a vehicle with several occupants about four blocks away near the intersection of Greenbay Road and Lincoln Street. One of the occupants, a 39-year old man from Evanston, was shot several times in the legs, said Commander Jay Parrott of the Evanston Police Department. The man was transported to NorthShore Evanston Hospital for treatment. His injuries were non-life threatening.
Police officers determined that the shooting occurred in the 1700 block of Payne Street, said the Commander. Initially, two subjects were detained for questioning, but were released, he said.
The next day, July 8, at approximately 12:55 p.m., police responded to a call of shots fired in the 2000 block of Dodge Avenue. A 21-year old Evanston man sustained a gunshot wound to the leg. He was transported by Evanston Fire & Life Safety Services paramedics to NorthShore Evanston Hospital and received treatment for non-life-threatening injuries, said Commander Parrott.
A video camera in the area showed a sports utility vehicle that police believe was involved in the shooting, said the Commander. Preliminary indicators are that this vehicle is a Hyundai Tucson and may be a rental, he added.
Commander Parrott told the RoundTable that police believe they have a “good handle” on what took place with these two shootings, and they believe the shootings are related. He said, though, “The victims are not cooperating with the police investigation.”
“It makes it difficult to bring criminal charges when victims are not cooperating,” he added.
On July 8, City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz said in a prepared statement that “current information indicates that these shootings were not random acts of violence and were related.” He added that Police Chief Richard Eddington had deployed additional officers into the field and that additional officers will be assigned as needed in the coming days. In addition, Mr. Bobkiewicz said, City staff were working in the community with young people as a resource.
The shootings on July 7 and 8, followed two other shootings in the same general area that took place about ten days earlier. On June 28, at approximately 12:45 a.m., Albert E. Norman, a 22-year old Evanston man, was fatally shot in the 1900 block of Brown Avenue. A few hours later, at 3:30 a.m., a 50-year-old Evanston man was shot multiple times in the leg while standing in the front of a residence in the 1900 block of Dodge Avenue.
Commander Parrott told the RoundTable the shootings on June 28 do not appear to be related to the shootings on July 7 and 8.
He added that the investigation of the June 28 shootings has not yet generated a lot of leads and that police do not have a suspect in those shootings. Police detectives are continuing their investigation, he said.
Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to call the detective bureau at 847-866-5040 or utilize the anonymous text-a-tip program by texting to CRIMES (274637) with EPD TIP in the message line followed by the tip information.