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A young man was shot behind Evanston Township High School on Feb. 5 at about 9 p.m., Commander Tom Guenther, Public Information Officer of the Evanston Police Department, said in a prepared statement. The young man was taken to a hospital, treated for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the abdomen and released, he said.
In a letter to parents, ETHS Superintendent Eric Witherspoon said, “Two vehicles pulled onto the driveway behind ETHS. People got out of the vehicles and a person was shot. The assailants got back in their vehicle and sped away. Our video surveillance recordings show that the entire incident took place very quickly.
“The person who was shot graduated from ETHS. The shooting apparently involved people who knew each other, and it apparently resulted from an ongoing personal dispute. The shooting apparently did not involve any ETHS students.
“At the time of the shooting, we had evening activities taking place at ETHS, so the shooting presented a danger to everyone in the area. Our security personnel and one of our associate principals were in back of the school at the time and heard the shot. We had responders on the scene rapidly.”
Comdr. Guenther said a suspect in the shooting, a minor who lives in Lincolnwood, turned himself in at the Evanston police department on Feb. 6 and has been charged with aggravated battery with a firearm. He also said additional suspects are being sought for questioning.
Dr. Witherspoon said there were four police officers and a full complement of ETHS safety personnel on campus and, in addition, a police car was patrolling the campus at the time of the incident because a basketball game was being played there that night.
He said ETHS will continue to provide abundant security on the campus and is meeting this week with Evanston police to review all procedures and identify additional ways to increase public safety. “We must all work together to eliminate violence in our community,” he said.