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On May 11, at approximately 10:39 p.m., detectives stopped a vehicle in the 800 block of Ridge Avenue for a minor traffic violation. As the detectives were speaking with the front seat passenger of the vehicle, he appeared to be nervous and police also noticed the odor of burnt cannabis emanating from vehicle, said Commander Joseph Dugan of the Evanston Police Department. During their investigation, the passenger informed the detective that he had a handgun in his pocket, which the officer recovered, said the Commander. The handgun was a loaded Smith and Wesson .357 revolver. The detectives also recovered approximately two grams of cannabis from the passenger. The passenger, a 21-year old resident of Evanston, was subsequently transported to the Evanston Police Department and charged with the unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, a class 2 felony, as well as other charges.   

The second incident occurred on May 13, at approximately 12:07 a.m. in the 2100 block of west Howard Street in Chicago. Detectives were on stationary patrol in the area when they heard several shots being fired from the 7600 block of Ridge Boulevard, Chicago.  As the detectives pulled up, they observed a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed northbound on Ridge Boulevard approaching Howard Street.  The detectives stopped the vehicle at which time they observed the rear seat passenger throw a dark object out of the vehicle, said the Commander. Upon retrieving the object, detectives discovered it was a loaded Kel-Tec 9mm semi-automatic handgun. The rear-seat passenger, a 30-year old resident of Chicago, was taken into custody and transported to the Evanston Police Department and charged with two counts of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, as well as other charges.