At approximately 12:30 a.m. on Sept. 15, Evanston police responded to a report of several shots fired and one person shot in the 1800 block of Lyons Street. The victim, a 20-year-old male resident of Des Plaines, was lying in front of a residence, said Perry Polinski, media relations for the Evanston Police Department.
Police determined that the victim had been walking down the street accompanied by three others, when he was shot by an unknown assailant who fled on foot, said Mr. Polinski. The victim sustained two gunshot wounds to the lower extremities. Evanston Fire Paramedics transported the victim to Evanston/North Shore University Hospital, where he was treated and released.
At the Sept. 20 Fifth Ward meeting, Sergeant Ryan Glew said the 1800 block of Lyons had been a trouble spot for a large part of the summer. He said that about a week after the Sept. 15 shooting on Lyons Street, the home of the victim’s grandparents, located on Grey Avenue, “was targeted. … It appears that this is stemming from two gangs in the area that don’t get along.”
“Our biggest problem” in solving the crime, Sgt. Glew said, “is our victim and our witnesses are not cooperating. The victim was cooperating until he learned that he would not get money from the Illinois victim of crimes program. He now says he won’t cooperate or that he will say, ‘He [the person the police suspect] didn’t do it,’ so we can’t do anything.”
In such cases, where there is continued trouble and a lack of cooperation by victims and witnesses, Sgt. Glew said, “We take it down to the street level,” making police presence more visible. Two additional police officers have been assigned to the area, and the police department’s assault vehicle – the “Happy Camper” – was moved to a different location for “visibility.” He said such measures are designed to “make offenders less comfortable because of the police presence, which can result in fewer potential victims.”