A 22 year old Evanston man, Marcus T. Davis, was shot to death in the 1400 block of Dodge Avenue at about 10 p.m. on Sept. 30, said Commander Tom Guenther in a prepared statement. 

The police’s investigation revealed that Mr. Davis had his vehicle serviced at Smitty’s Garage, located at 1422 Dodge Ave. While he was backing his car out of the service drive, a lone gunman ran up to the driver’s side window and fired multiple gun shots into the vehicle. Several of these shots struck Mr. Davis. A passenger in the car was not injured. The gunman fled the scene heading eastward on foot, said Commander Guenther. 

The Evanston Police Department and the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force conducted an investigation that resulted in the identification of a 26-year old Evanston man as the offender, said Commander Guenther.

Police Chief Richard Eddington told the RoundTable, “We have information that this is related to an ongoing dispute between the extended families, and it relates back to a series of incidents in 2005, most of which were not reported to the police department, and which relate to a homicide at The Keg in 2005.” He said the person killed at the KEG was a cousin of the man charged in the Sept. 30 shooting death of Mr. Davis

The man was arrested on Oct. 7 in South Chicago Heights, and he has been charged with one count of first degree murder and one count of attempted first degree murder of the passenger in the car. He was denied bail on Oct. 11. The next court date is Oct. 15.

Larry Gavin

Larry Gavin was a co-founder of the Evanston RoundTable in 1998 and assisted in its conversion to a non-profit in 2021. He has received many journalism awards for his articles on education, housing and...