A young Evanston man, 17 years old, has been charged with the April 15 shooting of another young man, 16 years old, at the McDonalds restaurant, located at 1919 Dempster, said Commander Tom Guenther, public information officer of the Evanston Police Department.
The victim sustained a single gunshot wound to his left midsection, said the Commander. Evanston Paramedics responded, treated and transported the victim to a local hospital. While still hospitalized, he is in stable condition.
Police officers quickly obtained descriptions of potential suspects in the shooting, said Commander Guenther. Evanston police conducted an area-wide canvas and a subsequent investigation, in which seven persons of interest were taken into custody for questioning. After collecting evidence, conducting interviews, and analyzing video surveillance footage from the crime scene, police identified the 16-year old young man as the lone shooter in the incident, said the Commander. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved four felony charges against the young man, including attempted first degree murder, he said. The young man will be charged as an adult. A court date is set for May 25.
All other suspects held for questioning were released without charges, said the Commander.
At a peace vigil on April 17, Police Chief Richard Eddington said the shooting did not appear to be gang-related, but it is another in a string of violent episodes “between two groups of kids in Evanston, Skokie and Chicago who don’t like each other. … It’s the same two groups of kids that were involved in the Davis-Benson shooting and have decided [that this is] how they’re going to handle this dispute.”
The Davis-Benson shooting occurred on Aug. 7, 2010. Two males were shot at the intersection of Davis Street and Benson Avenue at about 11:42 p.m. A seventeen-year old man from Rogers Park has been charged in connection with that shooting, said Commander James Pickett of the Evanston Police Department at the time charges were filed.