In an incident police say is gang-related, occupants of two cars exchanged gunfire near the intersection of Florence Avenue and Greenleaf Street in Evanston about 9:10 p.m. Tuesday.

As both vehicles tried to flee the scene, Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott says, one crashed into a house at 947 Florence, rupturing a gas line where it entered the house.

Several people reportedly fled on foot from the car that struck the house. Parrott says one person is in custody, but its unclear whether he’ll be charged.

After police evacuated residents from several nearby homes as a precaution, Nicor crews were eventually able to repair the broken gas line.

No injuries were reported in the incident, and police say they have only a sketchy description of the car that got away.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. What the….

    Armed robbery chase by day and gang-related shooting by night. What is going on in our neighborhood??

    1. You’re shocked?

      Really, you're shocked to hear this? Do you have any clue about the city you live in? Or do you stick your head in the sand and believe the nonsense of Evanston being the most livable city in America?

  2. Am I the only one that is

    Am I the only one that is concerned when the Evanston City Council has plenty of time to raise the age for the purchase and possession of tobacco products from 18 to 21 but can't seem to allocate sufficient resources to address rapid and significant increase in violent crime and gang activity. The youth of Evanston will be healthier when they are robbed and shot at. Hmm….something isn't right with that approach.

    1. “rapid and significant increase”
      “rapid and significant increase in violent crime and gang activity” Where are you getting your crime statistics from? Perhaps from all the commentators shooting from the hip on Evanston Now?

    2. Crime rate

      As of the end of August, part one crimes — the major crime categories reported by local police to the FBI — were down just under 6 percent in Evanston for the year to date, compared to the same period last year.

      You could look it up.

      — Bill

    3. You are not you are not the

      You are not you are not the only one concerned here. This truly is a waste of time, and rather arbitrary. 

      Considering Evanston's intent to have a medical marijuana dispensary, and the fact that "smoking accessories" must be sold ostensibly for tobacco, this could hurt Evanston's chances of being the location for such a dispensary. 

      I appreciate Bill Smith's citing the actual information.

  3. As long as we keep the

    As long as we keep the violence on the south and west sides of town, away from the university, and away from the more expensive lakefront properties, we can all focus on more important city issues like dog park policies. 

    1. Great idea!

      thank you for your idea. Since we do not pay taxes we couldn't possibly afford to deal with all that crime.

      -the chancellor 

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