Evanston police say the 45-year-old man who was shot early Tuesday evening died this afternoon at Evanston Hospital, becoming the city’s third homicide victim of the year.

Cesario Cox Sr., who lived in the 1000 block of McDaniel Ave., suffered a gunshot wound to the head and had been in critical condition since he was taken to the hospital by Fire Department paramedics.

He had been standing on the back porch of a building at 1932 Emerson St. when four men approach the building from the alley and opened fire on Cox and several other men on the porch. Cox was the only person hit.

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Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says Evanston detectives and members of the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force are continuing to follow up leads in the case, but so far no charges have been filed.

Police have said they believe Cox was not the intended target of the gunmen, but that the gunfire may have been in retaliation for the early morning Aug. 31 incident in which a Niles man, 23-year-old Donte Blackwell, was shot to death near the intersection of Dodge Avenue and Lyons Street.

Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to call Evanston police at 847-866-5000 and ask for the detective bureau or use Text-a-Tip by sending an anonymous text message to CRIMES (274637) and typing EPDTIP in the message line, followed by the information.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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