Updated 5/17/13. Blake Ross, a 20-year old Evanston man, died as a result of multiple gun-shot wounds on May 12 on Chicago’s south side. Evanston police believe he was the target of shots fired in Evanston on May 7.
Chicago Police spokesperson John Mirabelli told the RoundTable that Mr. Ross suffered multiple gun-shots to the head and body at approximately 3:30 a.m. on May 12 in the 2800 block of East 76th Street in Chicago. He was transported to South Shore Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Officer Mirabelli said Mr. Ross had a gang affiliation.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled his death a homicide, Investigator Kearney told the RoundTable.
Chicago police are continuing their investigation, said Officer Mirabelli, and Evanston police are cooperating in that investigation. Commander Jay Parrott of the Evanston Police Department told the RoundTable they are trying to determine what, if any, relation there is to prior incidents of violence in Evanston and helping to assist Chicago police to solve this murder.
Commander Parrott told the RoundTable Evanston police believe Mr. Ross and possibly other persons were the targets of gunmen firing their weapons at approximately 3:15 p.m. on May 7 in the 1600 block of Foster Street, near the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center.
While no persons were struck by bullets on May 7, a video clip shows that a parent with a child in a stroller were in the area between Fleetwood and the Weisbourd-Holmes Family Focus Building when one man came into view firing a gun. Commander Parrott said police believe the man and possibly two other persons were firing their guns at several people in the back field.
Shortly after the shooting, a bus transporting children from District 65 schools for after-school programs at Fleetwood arrived, said Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl. Fortunately, she said, the bus was late.
Evanston police questioned Mr. Ross regarding the shots fired, said the Commander. Mr. Ross did not cooperate in that investigation and did not provide information to police concerning who fired the shots, the Commander said.
Mr. Ross formerly attended Evanston Township High School and reportedly resided in the 2300 block of Greenwood Street.
Commander Parrott said there had been other calls of shots fired in Evanston’s west side during the week prior to May 7. 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, 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/.