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A 17-year old Evanston male was shot in the 1800 block of Hartrey Avenue on Sunday, Aug. 10, at approximately 5:15 p.m., said Commander Parrott of the Evanston Police Department.
“Detectives have investigated this shooting extensively and currently have persons of interest identified in this apparent gang related incident,” the Commander said. “Witnesses and the victim are currently uncooperative with attempts by police to hold the individuals accountable with this violent act,” the Commander said.
Police have obtained video surveillance footage of two men whom they suspect may have been involved in this incident and have released this footage to the public in hope that a cooperative witness will come forward and work with police to solve this crime, said the Commander.
“The Evanston Police Department is dedicated to making Evanston safer by making every attempt within the guidelines of the law to apprehend and criminally charge persons involved in acts of violence, particularly incidents that involve gunfire and acts of gang violence,” Commander Parrott said. “Lack of cooperative witnesses and victims tie the hands of law enforcement and prosecutors when it comes to appropriately filing criminal charges. Community members who witness criminal activity and that help solve crime, not only make a community safer from future acts of violence but also send a message that this type of behavior is not tolerated.”
A link of the surveillance footage is available by clicking here. Anyone with information regarding this shooting is asked to call the Evanston Police Department at (847)866-5000. Text-a-Tip can also be used by texting to CRIMES (274637) and placing EPDTIP in the message line with the anonymous information. Although the police department prefers information to not be anonymous in a case of this type, anonymous tips are always accepted and can lead to further investigative information which may allow for criminal charges in an investigation, said the Commander.