Evanston Police Chief Richard Eddington says it’s likely to be another week or more before police are able to make an arrest in the shooting death of an Evanston man on Ridge Avenue July 4.

During a break in Monday night’s City Council meeting, Eddington said that it’s a complicated case but investigators are making progress in gathering enough evidence to bring charges.

He said the department is receiving excellent cooperation from the state’s attorney’s office which has been working closely with police on the investigation.

Leslie Calvin Jr., 19, of 135 Callan Ave. died in a hail of bullets that struck his car on Ridge Avenue in front of St. Francis Hospital early in the evening of July 4.

Chief Eddington has said that Calvin, who had numerous arrests and five convictions on burglary charges, had recently been in an ongoing battle over turf after he started selling drugs in the Juneway Terrace area in Chicago’s East Rogers Park neighborhood.

He said that led to an attempt by a man in that neighborhood who’s now a person of interest in the homicide investigation to stab Calvin and to Calvin striking that person with his van — the vehicle in which Calvin was later murdered. 

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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