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A 19-year-old Evanston man is facing a felony charge of reckless discharge of a firearm after a shootout Sunday near Wrigley Field in Chicago.

Ralph Banks, of the 2000 block of Darrow Avenue, was scheduled to appear in bond court today.

DNAinfo reports more that 80 shots were fired in the shootout between two groups of armed men early Sunday morning. A 26-year-old man later walked into St. Francis Hospital with a gunshot wound to the upper back that he apparently received during the incident. He’s now reported in serious condition.

Chicago Police say they recovered a loaded .40 caliber handgun when they arrested Banks near the shooting scene.

Reports say 15 to 20 people may have been involved in the shooting incident.

Chicago Alderman Tom Tunney called the shooting “an isolated incident” not typical of the neighborhood.


Update 12/15/15: Banks was ordered held on $1 million bond. He reportedly was on parole from a gun conviction at the time of the Wrigleyville incident.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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