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Evanston Police have arrested and charged a 23-year old Evanston man with shooting at a Chevy Blazer that was occupied by several males, said Commander Jay Parrott of the Evanston Police Department. The incident occurred on April 24 at approximately 4:10 p.m. in the area of Simpson Street and Darrow Avenue, he said.
The shooting appeared to have been prompted when one of the occupants of the Chevy Blazer yelled at a man who was walking down the street. The man pulled out a gun and fired several shots at the vehicle, said the Commander.
When police responded to the scene, they located two witnesses who observed the incident, said the Commander. One witness, a college police intern, was able to identify the man who shot at the vehicle, said the Commander. Police were able to obtain a statement from that man who admitted his involvement in the shooting, said the Commander.
On May 7, Evanston Police responded to multiple calls of shots fired at approximately 3:15 p.m. in the 1600 block of Foster St. near the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center. No injuries were reported. Police have questioned several individuals believed to be involved in the incident, said Commander Parrott. No victims have come forward.
Police have investigated several other calls of shots being fired over the past week in the Westside/Police Beat 77 area, said the Commander. Due to the increased level of incidents, police have deployed an increased amount of resources to the area to take necessary enforcement action, if needed, and create a safer environment for the community affected, Commander Parrott said.
The Evanston Police Department asks that anyone with information regarding incidents to call the Evanston Police Detective Bureau at 847-866-5040 or utilize the anonymous text-a-tip program, http://cityofevanston.org/police/text-a-tip/.