The 13-year-old girl shot in a Fowler Avenue backyard last night remains in critical condition at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. The injured teenager was not the intended target of the shooting, said Evanston Police Sergeant Kenny Carter at a Tuesday, July 26, press briefing.
“Although this does not appear to be a random act, our preliminary investigation shows that the victim was not the target of this heinous act,” Carter said. “The investigation does not indicate a continued threat to our community.”
Police have made no arrests and are asking anyone with any information to contact the detective bureau at 847-866-5040.
Police gathered media together shortly after 2 p.m. at the Evanston Fire Department headquarters for a nine-minute news conference where they took no questions and read statements. Carter delivered the statement in English and Detective Pedro Carrasco delivered the same statement in Spanish. The statements discussed preliminary findings by the two investigating agencies, EPD and the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force (NORTAF).
Carter said the victim, an Evanston resident, was attending a gathering in the backyard on Fowler Avenue when an unknown shooter fired “at least 10 rounds” over the backyard’s fence. The teenage girl was shot in the neck, and initially taken to the AMITA Health Saint Francis Hospital before being transferred to Lurie.
Evanston Police Commander Ryan Glew and public information officers first alerted the public to the shooting in a series of seven tweets between 8:19 and 10:07 p.m. Monday night. The tweets explained that officers were called to the Fowler Avenue backyard at about 6:20 p.m. where they found the girl, the only person known to have been injured during the shooting.
Superintendent Devin Horton and Assistant Superintendent Terrance Little of Evasnton/Skokie School District 65 sent a letter to families Tuesday with a list of resources and advice on processing trauma from the shooting.
While no amount of planning can help completely heal from a tragedy such as this, we are doing everything we know how to support students and families impacted by community trauma,” the letter reads. “Thank you for supporting each other and holding the victim and their family in your hearts and minds.”