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Criminal charges have been filed against a 17-year old Evanston male in connection with the shooting of a juvenile male at approximately 9:45 p.m. on May 17 in the 4800 block of Golf Road in Skokie, according to a statement posted on the Village of Skokie’s website. He was charged with one count of aggravated discharge of a firearm and one count of unlawful use of a weapon, says the statement.
Skokie police officers who responded to the scene “observed a male juvenile lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to his abdomen,” said the statement. “The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries as a result of the incident.”
Evanston Police Chief Richard Eddington told the RoundTable he does not see a connection between this shooting and other recent incidents of violence in Evanston, other than “the continued tragedy of young men trying to resolve conflict with violence.”
He said the violence merits more attention from a number of different positions in the community including social outreach and community involvement to let kids know that violence will not be tolerated.
The public is reminded that neither a complaint nor an indictment is evidence of guilt and that all defendants in a criminal case are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.