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Evanston police are looking for a gunman who held up the CVS drug store at 101 Asbury Ave about 6:12 this morning.

Police Cmdr. Ryan Glew says the robber entered the store and went to the back where he grabbed a bag of Cheetos and then approached the checkout counter, where he pulled a black handgun and demanded that the clerk open the register.

The clerk, a 55-year-old Chicago man, put $185 in cash on the counter, which the thief grabbed before fleeing the store on foot.

The robber’s described as black male in his early 30s, about 5-feet-11-inches tall and dressed mostly in black.

He fled northbound on Asbury and then west on Dobson.

Earlier this morning there was a shots-fired incident in the 1600 block of Dobson Street.

Cmdr. Glew says a man told police he was sitting in his car at 1604 Dobson about 2:18 a.m. when several men walked up.

One of the men — described as a black male about 5-feet-6 to 5-feet-9-inches tall wearing a black jacket and glasses — pulled out a gun and fired four or five shots into the car before the group fled westbound toward Florence Avenue.

The driver then drove to the CVS at 101 Asbury where he flagged down a police officer to report the incident.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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