On May 7 at approximately 12:54 a.m., Evanston police officers responded to a report that there was a fight on the street in front of Tommy Nevin’s Pub in the 1400 block of Sherman Avenue, and that one person fired a handgun during the fight and left the scene in a vehicle. No one was struck by a bullet. Police officers recovered one spent 9mm shell casing from the street, said Commander Joseph Dugan of the Evanston Police Department.
Police officers attempted to stop the vehicle near Elmwood Avenue and Dempster Street, but the vehicle did not pull over until it reached the area of Maple Avenue and Greenwood Street. Officers were unable to locate any weapons or further evidence that the driver was involved in the incident, and he was released at that time, said the Commander.
Subsequently, a citizen located a Lorcin 9mm handgun in a parking lot in the 900 block of Dempster Street. It was determined that the ammunition in the handgun was the same as the spent shell casing that was recovered in the 1400 block of Sherman Avenue, said the Commander. An examination of the firearm revealed latent fingerprints that upon comparison, matched the fingerprints of the driver of the car stopped on May 7.
The driver, a 31-year old resident of Chicago, was taken into custody on May 19. He was charged with 2 counts Unlawful Use of Weapon by Felon, a Class 2 Felony. He was also issued a parole violation warrant, said the Commander.