The Evanston Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance involving four incidents that occurred on Wednesday, October, 19, 2016. The incidents are as follows:
- 7:20PM in the 1000 block of Dodge Avenue. A 45 year old female Evanston resident was exiting her vehicle with her 2 year old child when she was struck by two paintballs that were fired from a passing vehicle.
- 7:25PM in the 900 block of Ashland Avenue. A dark colored vehicle drove past four juveniles and fired an unknown air type gun at them. One of the juveniles was struck in the back, but refused medical treatment. No projectiles were located.
- 7:30PM in the 1600 block of Emerson Street. A male 48 years of age and female 37 years of age, both residents of Evanston were walking when several paintball projectiles were shot at them from a white, four-door vehicle that was eastbound on Emerson Street. Both the male and female were struck by the paintball projectiles. The male was struck once in the left eye and the injury required him to be transported to Evanston Hospital in order have surgery in an attempt to repair the damage.
- 7:33PM on Asbury Avenue near Dempster Street. A 45 year old male Evanston resident was driving his bicycle on Asbury when a white vehicle drove by and fired several paintball projectiles and him, which struck him in the torso. The victim refused medical treatment.
Evanston police detectives have been following up on various leads in these incidents and attempting to collect all available surveillance video footage from the locations of occurrence. Detectives are looking for the public’s assistance by asking anyone with information on subjects who may be driving around in a white vehicle with a paintball gun to contact the Evanston Police Department at (847) 866-5040. Information can also be given anonymously via Text-A-Tip by texting 274637 (CRIMES) and texting the word EPDTIP in the message line, followed by the tip.