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EPD seeks public‘s help on paintball incidents

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If you’ve seen anyone driving around Evanston in a white vehicle with a paintball gun, the Evanston Police Department would appreciate a call.

Currently they are investigating four cases involving paintball guns that occurred on Wednesday of last week.

At 7 p.m. on that day, a 45-year-old woman was getting out of her vehicle in the 1000 block of  Dodge Avenue with her 2-year-old child when she was struck by two paintballs fired from a passing vehicle, police said.

Five minutes later, a dark-colored vehicle drove past four juveniles in the 900 block of Ashland Avenue when someone fired an unknown air type gun at them. One of the juveniles was struck in the back, police said, but refused medical treatment. No projectiles were located.

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Then at 7:30 p.m., a 48-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman were walking in the 1600 block of Emerson Street when several paintball projectiles were  shot at them from a white, four-door vehicle traveling eastbound on Emerson Street, according to police.

Both pedestrians were struck by paintball projectiles, police said, requiring surgery to the man’s left eye at Evanston Hospital.

The fourth incident took place on Asbury Avenue near Dempster Street, when a 45-year-old male bicyclist was struck in the torso by projectiles fired from a white vehicle at about 7:33 p.m. Police said the victim refused medical treatment.

Evanston police detectives have been following up on various leads in these incidents and attempting to collect all available surveillance video footage from the locations of occurrence, according to Cmdr. Joseph Dugan.

He requests that anyone with information about these incidents contact the department at (847) 866-5040. Information can also be given anonymously via Text-A-Tip by texting 274637 (CRIMES) and texting the word EPDTIP in the message line, followed by the tip. 

Charles Bartling

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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