Man charged in repair shop murder

A 26-year-old Evanston man was ordered held without bond today, charged with the murder last month of another man outside a local auto repair shop.

Police say John Anthony Bamberg Jr. of 1930 Brown Ave. was arrested last Thursday in South Chicago Heights by Evanston police assisted by federal marshals and the Great Lakes Fugitive Task Force.

Marcus Davis, 23, of 1716 Payne St. in Evanston was shot to death by a lone gunman who walked up to his car as he was backing it out of the parking lot at Smitty’s Garage in the 1422 Dodge Ave. about 10 p.m. on Sept. 30.

A female passenger in Davis’ car escaped injury in the attack.

Bamberg has been charged with first degree murder in the death of Davis and with the attempted first degree murder of his passenger.

Police Commander Tom Guenther says Evanston detectives and the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force interviewed witnesses and processed physical evidence that led to Bamberg’s arrest.

Bamberg’s next hearing in Skokie district court is scheduled for Friday.

Update 5:50 p.m.: Police Chief Richard Eddington says it appears the shooting was the outgrowth of a long-standing dispute among families in the community that may date back at least to a fatal shooting incident at The Keg five years ago.

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