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).