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Neighbors to meet about shooting

Evanston officials are planning a community meeting Tuesday evening at which police will update neighbors about the shooting incident late Thursday that left one man dead and another injured.

Alderman Lionel Jean-Baptiste, 2nd Ward, in an e-mail message announcing the meeting, said that on Friday afternoon he and Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl walked around the neighborhood where the shooting happened on Darrow Avenue just south of Greenleaf Street.

Jean-Baptiste say neighbors "were all shocked by the incident and saddened about the death of this young man who grew up in the neighborhood."

"Generally speaking," Jean-Baptiste added, "the neighborhood has been peaceful, and the neighbors with whom we spoke are determined to return it to normalcy." 

The meeting will be held at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25, at the Robert Crown Center.

Police say Craig Romon Smith Jr., 21, of 1131 Dewey Ave., was killed when one of five men involved in an argument outside an apartment building at 1039 Darrow Ave. pulled out a gun and started shooting around 11:30 p.m. Thursday.

Police Chief Richard Eddington this morning said that no charges have been filed yet in the incident but that the state’s attorney’s office is reviewing evidence in the case.

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