Evanston police responded to two separate calls reporting a man with a gun in the 1900 block of Jackson Avenue Wednesday night and took a total of eight people into custody.

Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott says the first incident started about 9:10 p.m. and that, while responding officers tried to take one person into custody, other watching the incident started arguing with officers and disobeying their orders to disperse.

Charges from that incident ranged from ordinance violations to aggravated assault.

Then about 10:20 p.m. police receive a second call of a man with a gun on the same block. Parrott says two people were taken into custody in relation to that incident but no gun was recovered.

In a separate incident, shortly after 11 p.m., police responding to a call of shots fired in the 700 block of Reba Place in south Evanston found several 9mm shell casings in an alley. But police were unable to locate the shooter or anyone who might have been hit by the shots.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. 1900 block of Jackson

    It seems this block turns up in crime reports very often.  Of course there are other areas like Gray, Dodge, etc..

    Can't the police and our 'wonderful' Council who seems to have so many "ideas" about Evanston [at least until they get their names on then and hope voters forget their promises] find the cause [other than blaming society] and clean things up.  It is not just 'white liberals' who fear crime in Evanston but all racial, economic and ethnic groups who have to live in these neighborhoods.

    1. Guns and violence

      Its interesting that you say don't blame society. Hmmm aint Jackson part of our Society? Hmmm are not the men arrested part of this society? I would say they are a clear reflection of this society, that drops bombs on people with drones. We settle our issues with arms all over this society. Or is it when done in Black community's, white liberals notice and use it to show the packaged and promoted view of Black youth? Ummm we kill many many people world wide as a country and society!! Answering your issue with a gun is as American as apple pie and John Wayne. and those African American got taught conflict resolution by this society!! Cant just cut out part and say its ill, we are all ill! one is just state mandated and accepted illness!!

      1. Violence Prevention

        Parent- and family-based interventions are designed to improve family relations. There is growing evidence that these interventions, especially those that start early and recognize all the factors that influence a family, can have substantial, long-term effects in reducing violent behavior by children. Organizations sponsoring parent- and family-based interventions should participate in developing the intervention. Gun violence poses a serious threat to America’s children and youth. Existing data clearly point to the need for improved strategies for keeping guns out of the hands of children and youth and those who would harm them. In the U.S., youth are disproportionally represented as victims and perpetrators of firearm homicide. Victimization is especially high among males, and African-American and Hispanic youth. 


        1. No such thing as gun violence

          There is no such thing as gun violence. Firearmes are inanimate objects..by themselves they don't do anything. There is such thing as gang violence. One way to deal with it is to enforce the existing Federal laws that apply to prohibiited persons found in possession of firearems….like Project Exile….take the thugs out of the community for a very long time. But, accept that concealed carry is now the law and quit carping about "gun control" when the issue is thug control.

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