Evanston police are searching for two men who they believe were involved in a shooting incident on Howard Street this afternoon.

A clerk in a nearby store said he heard three pops, and then noticed drivers of cars on Howard staring in shock toward the intersection of Howard and Clyde Avenue.

When the clerk looked out his window he saw a man lying on the ground. The man was able to move his leg, but appeared to be in great pain, the clerk said.

The shooting victim was taken to St. Francis Hospital where he’s reported to be undergoing surgery after suffeing multiple gunshot wounds that were at least initially not believed to be life threatening.

Police divert traffic off Howard as they investigated the shooting.

The suspects are described as two tall, thin black males between the ages of 17 and 20. One was said to have a mustache.

They were seen fleeing north from Howard on Clyde and then into an alley.

The shooting happened about 2:30 p.m. Police reopened Howard to traffic about 4 p.m.

Update 6:30 p.m.: The victim, who police say is 18 years old and lives in Chicago, is now listed in serious condition.

Police are still investigating the motive for the shooting and ask anyone with information to call the department at 847-866-5000. Anonymous texts can be submitted to CRIMES (274637) and list EPD TIP along with the information in the message.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. And cameras create safety?

    ~~There are two "security " cameras located at Clyde and Howard on the Evanston side – exactly where this incident occured, On Dec 7 when Floyd Gibert was killed on Simpson and Darrow there was also a camera located at the location. Neither camera has prevented these crimes/tragedys. The city council has just approved applying for $200,000 of our Federal tax dollars to line 3.7 miles of Evanston's streets with "security /surveillance" cameras? What is preventive about these cameras???? That money could be used for enhancing on the ground intervention with human beings in the areas that are hot spots- rather than putting useless technology on streets – most of which are already safe . Maybe we should ask our council members why they would spend our tax dollars in this way.

    1. Caught and convicted

      17-20 year olds who get caught and convicted of shooting people as a result of camera evidence don't shoot more people in a year or two.

      1. True only to the extent that

        True only to the extent that the cameras catch images with viable recognition-   the cameras proposed for the "safe passage"route have no live monitoring and no facial recognition capacity( as stated by the chief of police);     in the Dec 7 murder, the camera was not preventive and nothing was caught on camera that could be used to identify the offenders. (also as stated by the chief of police)

         Lets hear from the EPD in this case if the cameras actually identified suspects that they can find and then prosecute.    Either way the cameras did not serve as a deterrant to a crime- just ask the victim who is currently fighting for his life.

        1. Let’s listen to the police but can’t claim no problem exists
          I would like to hear from police on this specific shooting. Is video from those cameras available? If so, what does the video from the camera(s) tell us? If nothing (and that situation is repeated), it is valid to question why we are using cameras.

          I have not done a full study but I do read the crime reports issued by Evanston police. Based on that information from police, in the time that the cameras have been installed in far southeast Evanston, crime on the street in that area of southeast Evanston has declined.

          But again, looking at those police reports for years, it is my belief that tthe area near ETHS has been far too dangerous for far too long. Yet we cannot afford to have a police officer on every block of Dodge from just south of Dempster to just north of Church 24/7.

          Let’s have the police give us specific examples of how the cameras have helped them here in Evanston. But let’s also admit that that stretch of Dodge needs to be made safer for our children. Is there a match here — a valuable tool for police that can help make that stretch of Dodge safer?

          To learn something from what the police say, everyone will need to have their heads out of the sand on the current safety situation on that stretch of Dodge. Is the effort to block cameras on that stretch of Dodge stemming from a desire to paint a rosy picture of safety on that stretch of Dodge? It seems like it. But ignoring the problem doesn’t fix it.

          1. Cop on every corner by ETHS

            If we can pay $200,000 for the camera's why can we not use the $200,000 to pay the salaries of cops for 1 year on the corners??

          2. Grant funded


            The camera money is proposed to come from federal grant funds that are available to spend on cameras, but not on police officers.

            The city already pays to place cops on more-or-less every corner at ETHS at least at school dismissal time when the problems are most likely to occur.

            — Bill

      1. 9 cameras in immediate location

        ~~Two points Bill    there is a cluster of 9 cameras in the immediate vicinity of this recent shooting- more than anywhere in Evanston- obviously not all crimes will happen directly under one of them and in this case there is no evidence from any of the 9 cameras; second the Justice Assistance Grant which is the source of the federal funds available to the city thru Cook County may be used for a wide range of "anti crime" programs- only one of which is camera technology- it can also be used for over time for professsionals like cops and skilled street interventionists; education and prevention programing; specialized training for the human beings who would be far more effective at stopping crime than cameras ever will be. Please do your journalistic research on the JAG grant befoe you print information about this grant which is not factual.    

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