On Nov. 11, 2015 at approximately 4:16 p.m., members of the Neighborhood Enforcement Team who were patrolling near the area of Lake Street and Dodge Avenue heard gunshots coming from Lake Street and Darrow Avenue, said Commander Joseph Dugan of the Evanston Police Department. When the officers approached the intersection, they observed two persons run into a residence in the 1800 block of Lake Street. As the detectives exited their vehicle, they could still smell gunpowder in the air and were informed by witnesses that the persons who ran inside the residence were shooting at another group farther north on Darrow Avenue. No victims were located by responding officers.
Detectives and responding patrol officers set up a perimeter at the residence. One adult male and one juvenile male eventually exited the residence at approximately 5:40 p.m. without incident, and the residence was secured by officers on scene. One loaded .380 caliber handgun was recovered from inside the residence. Both males were taken into custody.
On Nov. 13, the juvenile male, 16 years old and a resident of Evanston, was charged with Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm, a Class 1 Felony; Possession of a Firearm by a Street Gang Member, a Class 2 Felony; Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, a Class 4 Felony; Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon, a Class 4 Felony; and Reckless Conduct, a Class 4 Felony. The youth was transported to the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center.
The adult male, 19 years old and a resident of Skokie, was charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, a Class A Misdemeanor; and Disorderly Conduct, a violation of a City Ordinance.
While conducting their follow-up investigation, detectives from the Neighborhood Enforcement Team were able to locate some of the individuals in the other group that was involved in the incident and although they did speak with the detectives, they declined to participate in criminal proceedings, said the Commander. Detectives were also able to recover a second .380 caliber handgun from the rear of a location in the 1000 block of Dobson Street during the course of their investigation. That handgun will be sent to the crime lab for further analysis.