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On April 14 at approximately 11:36 p.m., police responded to a call of shots fired in the area near Emerson Street and Hartrey Avenue. Police found 20 shell casings that had been fired, five vehicles that had bullet holes, and three residences that were damaged by bullets, Commander Jay Parrott of the Evanston Police Department told the RoundTable.

Police incident reports reflect that the vehicles that had bullet holes were located on the 2100 block of Emerson, 2200 block of Emerson and 1800 block of Hartrey. The 2100 and 2200 blocks of Emerson are essentially the two blocks west of Grey Avenue. Hartrey is a block west of Grey.

The shell casings recovered were from two guns, indicating that two persons were involved in the shootings, said Commander Parrott.

The Commander said there have been no reports that anyone was injured as a result of the gunfire. Police have no suspects at this time, he added. Police are asking that anyone with information about the incident call the Evanston Police Department.

The general area where shots were fired on April 14 has been the location of recent violence.

The murder of Justin Murray on Nov. 29, 2012, took place in the 1800 block of Brown Avenue (one block east of Grey Avenue). The murder of Javar Bamberg on Dec.  12, 2012, took place in the alley behind the 1700 block of Grey Avenue.

Since Dec. 1, 2012, there have been five other reports of “man with a gun/shots fired” in roughly the 1700 and 1800 blocks of Grey and Brown avenues.

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...