At about 4 p.m. on April 15 Evanston police responded to a shots fired call at the McDonalds restaurant at 1919 Dempster St.  According to the Evanston police, once on the scene, officers made contact with the victim, a 16-year-old  who had sustained a single gunshot wound to his left midsection. Paramedics  treated the victim at the scene and transported him to a local hospital, police said.

Officers obtained descriptions of the offender or offenders, and these were broadcast to additional responding police units. Officers then conducted an extensive canvas of the surrounding area, which resulted in five persons of interest being detained and transported to the Evanston police department for additional questioning, according to a statement issued by the police department. Evanston Police also obtained video surveillance camera footage, which is currently being evaluated.

Police officers then began a yard-to-yard search in the area where the suspects had been observed and detained. This canvas resulted in the recovery of a handgun, which was located under a wooden deck, police said.

At this time, the Evanston Police Department says the investigation is continuing and that a press release will be issued “when additional facts are substantiated.”