Update 9:06 a.m.: Evanston police responding to a call of shots fired found a 21-year-old man on the ground and unresponsive at 1731 Leland Ave. about 11 p.m. Tuesday.

The man, identified as Cardereon Priester, 21, who lived nearby at 1742 Leland, was taken to Evanston Hospital’s emergency room where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott says Priester had been shot once in the upper torso from behind and that police believe he was his assailant’s intended target.

Police are trying to locate witnesses and are reviewing video surveillance camera footage from the area. They’re asking anyone with information to call the police department at 847-866-500 or use the Text-a-Tip program by texting to CRIMES (274637) and typing EPD TIP in the message line along with the tip information.

Priester was arrested on burglary and battery charges in separate incidents last year.

The shooting scene is about two blocks from Evanston Township High School.

Priester had recently participated in activities of the  city’s Youth & Young Adult Program Division. In a note posted to the division’s website, he thanks the service for helping him get a seasonal job on the maintenance crew at the Bryn Mawr Country Club. 

Update 7:08 a.m.: A 21-year-old man was shot and killed outside his home in the the 1700 block of Leland Avenue in Evanston overnight.

The medical examiner’s office reports the man was taken to Evanston Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:25 p.m. The man has not been named, pending notification of relatives.

WLS-TV is reporting the man’s death, but Evanston police haven’t yet responded to calls for comment.

In the pre-dawn hours today police were seen knocking on doors in the neighborhood to ask residents whether they’d heard or seen anything related to the incident and crime scene tape was stretched across Leland near the intersection with Lyons Street.

The scene is on Evanston’s west side near the Evanston Township High School athletic field.

Original story 4:01 a.m.: Evanston police are on the scene at this hour of what an area resident says was a shooting incident overnight on Leland Avenue near Lyons Street on Evanston’s west side.

While a police spokesman was not available to provide confirmation, crime scene tape was stretched across the street and officers were knocking on doors of neighbors about 3:30 this morning to ask whether they had heard or seen anything related to the incident.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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