Evanston Police Chief Richard Eddington says the shooting this evening at 1932 Emerson St. that has left a man critically injured with a gunshot wound to the head appears to be related to the fatal shooting last month of a Niles man in Evanston.
Eddington says at least four assailants walked up to the rear of the Emerson address shortly before 5:30 this evening and opened fire. He says it appears there was an exchange of shots — with some of the people being fired at shooting back. “We have two crime scenes here,” Eddington said.
The shooting victim, a 45-year-old Evanston man, was taken to Evanston Hospital. Eddington says the victim was visiting at the Emerson address and knew people there, but may not have been the intended target of the gunfire.
Reports indicate police have made several arrests of residents of the 1932 Emerson building over the past several years on a variety of charges.
Eddington says today’s shooting may have been in retaliation for the Aug. 31 fatal shooting of 23-year-old Donte Blackwell of Niles, who was struck in the torso as he stood near the sidewalk on Dodge Avenue just north of Lyons Street about 1:20 a.m. A second man was shot and wounded in that incident, which happened just a couple blocks away from today’s shooting scene.
The chief said officers have taken several people into custody for questionning in connection with the shooting, but no charges have been filed in the case as yet.
The shooting tonight cast a pall over the Evanston City Council meeting, with at least two aldermen saying they knew the victim’s family. One, Alderman Peter Braithwaite, 2nd Ward, said he’d been a classmate of the victim at Evanston Township High School.