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A 29-year old Chicago man has been charged with the July 3 shooting of a 25-year old man in the parking lot of the IHOP restaurant in the 100 block of Asbury Avenue, said Commander Joseph Dugan of the Evanston Police Department. The victim, a resident of Beach Park, was shot in his torso, arm and leg. He walked into the emergency room at St. Francis Hospital. The victim was treated for injuries and was released from the hospital.
The initial investigation revealed that the victim along with several witnesses were in the parking lot of the restaurant when a man, described as being in his 20s, medium build, and wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, approached and asked the victim what was his gang affiliation. When the victim denied being a gang member, the man pulled out a handgun and shot the victim three times and fled the scene in a grey vehicle, said the Commander.
Previous to the shooting incident, members of the Police Department’s Neighborhood Enforcement Team had an ongoing narcotics investigation involving the Chicago man, said the Commander. During the course of the investigation into the shooting, the Chicago man was positively identified by witnesses as being the offender in the incident at the IHOP, said the Commander. On July 6, the Evanston Police Department’s Special Operations Group executed a narcotics search warrant at the Chicago man’s residence, and he was taken into custody at that time. A search of the premise revealed a loaded Smith and Wesson .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun, .40 caliber ammunition and suspect Cannabis, said the Commander.
On July 7, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s felony review unit after reviewing the facts of the investigation approved charges of aggravated battery with a firearm, a Class X felony.