A Sunday night shooting outside a gas station on Green Bay Road that left one teenager dead and four others injured appeared to be targeted, Evanston Police said at a news conference Monday.

All the victims in the shooting were between the ages of 14 and 18 years old, said Sergeant Kenneth Carter, one of the Police Department’s public information officers.

Evanston Police Sergeant Kenneth Carter speaks at a Monday, November 29 news conference on the Green Bay Road shootings. (Image from City of Evanston video)

All the victims were residents of either Evanston or Skokie and knew each other, according to the preliminary police investigation, Carter said.

Carter said police received numerous 911 calls at approximately 7:17 p.m. reporting multiple shots heard in the area of Green Bay Road and Foster Street.

Officers responded to 1950 Green Bay and found five gunshot victims, he said.

One victim, whom he identified as Carl Dennison, 17, died on the scene, Carter said.

The remaining four victims were transported to local hospitals, Carter said. One victim, a 14-year-old, remains in critical condition. The other three victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries, he said.

No suspects are in custody in the shooting. The incident was not related to one that took place on Howard Street shortly before midnight Sunday night, police said. 

Carter said the police preliminary investigation revealed that at the time of the shooting, the male victims were standing by a car and the female victims were inside the vehicle.

“Based on our initial investigation, this appears to be a targeted incident,” Carter said.

“The motive for this crime is still under investigation by our detectives,” he said. “Investigators with the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force are working diligently to find out who’s responsible for this crime.”

Police didn’t take any questions at the news conference, with the investigation still in its early stages.

 The Police Department continues to remain in contact with the families and police are asking community members to share any information, he said. Anyone with information can contact the Police Department at 847-866-5040. Information can also be sent via text-a-tip to 274637, beginning the message with EPDTIP.

Biss: ‘Violence tears at fabric of community’

Mayor Daniel Biss joined police at the news conference, expressing his deepest condolences to the victims and their families.

Letter from the Mayor: Our hearts are broken today

Read Mayor Daniel Biss’ letter on the Sunday night shootings here.

“Any act of violence that occurs here tears at the fabric of our community but the extraordinary youth of the victims of last night’s tragedy I think is tugging at the consciences of all of us today,”  he said.

“I’m here simply to offer my deepest, deepest condolences to the victims, to their families, to their loved ones, to the entire community that has been so hurt by this tragedy, to pledge that we as a city are going to do absolutely everything we can, yes, of course, to get to the bottom of what occurred and to ensure that justice is done; also, to provide every bit of support that we can to those who were harmed, and to their loved ones,” Biss said.

“This kind of event,” he said, “is unacceptable to every person in this community … and it simply cannot be something that we accept as a sad but inevitable course of ordinary life.” 

Bob Seidenberg

Bob Seidenberg is an award-winning reporter covering issues in Evanston for more than 30 years. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism.

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