Police have charged a 16-year-old Evanston youth who they say is a street gang member with several felonies in connection with a shooting Wednesday afternoon in the 1700 block of Emerson Street.
The shooting victim, a 22-year-old Skokie resident, told police he had just gotten out of his car about 3:54 p.m. when a male walking along the sidewalk pulled out a handgun and fired several shots at him.
Evanston Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says the victim was hit once in the right thigh and was driven by an acquaintance to Evanston Hospital for treatment of a injury that’s not considered life-threatening.
Dugan says officers responding to the area stopped two male juveniles in the 1900 block of Darrow Avenue and recovered a .380 caliber Kel-Tec handgun from one of them.
Both juveniles were transported to the police department for further investigation, Dugan says. One was later released without charges, but the other now has been charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm, two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a firearm by a street gang member, no valid firearm owners identification card and reckless conduct.
He’s been transported to the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center.
Update 12:30 p.m. 7/30/15: Cmdr. Dugan, in response to a question from Evanston Now, says the charges filed don’t directly address the injury to the victim of the shooting because the victim did not wish to participate in the prosecution.
They could be upgraded at a later time, Dugan says, but at this point without the injured party participating in the prosecution, they were the only charges that applied.