Evanston police are seeking a robber who shot a man early this morning after demanding the victim hand over his shoes.

Police Cmdr. Tom Guenther says police, responding to a call of shots fired in the 1800 block of Lyons Street about 2 a.m., found the victim suffering from a single gunshot wound to his right thigh.

Guenther says the victim told officers he was talking with another person on the street when they were approached by a man wearing a mask and dark clothing.

The masked man announced, “This is a robbery, give me your shoes” and also ordered the victim to remove his hooded sweatshirt, which contained his cell phone.

After the victim argued with the robber, police say the robber pulled out a handgun and shot the victim, before fleeing the scene, taking the victims hoody and cell phone, but not his shoes.

Police say the victim, an 18-year-old Chicago resident, is now hospitalized. No report was available on his condition.

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact the Evanston Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Bureau at 847-866-5040, or text the information via cell phone – “EPDTIP” followed by your anonymous tip to CRIMES (274637).

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. If the shoe fits…

    With the Mayor's "Safe Summer" initiative in full effect, I half expected the crime blotter on this site to quickly fade away. I guess these fine,upstanding citizens (both victim and offender) have not picked up their free beach passes yet. What a shame! This all could have been avoided if only there were more goverment programs available for our "disenfranchised" youth.

    1. Online Criticism over Real-World Action

      It's too bad you do not direct the energy of your sarcasm towards something a bit more productive. In order for Evanston to become a safer community for all of us, it will require working together. The Mayor's recent safe summer initiatives have been integral in bringing together community members and organizations, but one would be naive to think it would eliminate all of Evanston's crime-related incidents immediately. Since you are clearly dissatisfied with the state of the community, hopefully you are willing to take a proactive approach by working with the many dedicated individuals, groups, and "disenfranchised youth" who are committed to making Evanston a safer place for everyone.

  2. Parents

    Maybe it's time for the parents to take responsibility for raising their kids and not the City of Evanston and all the free programs we pay for with our taxes.  I'm sure this was no innocent victim.

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