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Police arrest suspect in weekend shooting

Evanston Police have arrested a suspect in an early Sunday morning shooting near the intersection of Dempster Street and Dodge Avenue.

Commander Tom Guenther says that just after midnight officers responding to a shots fired call found a teenage boy in the parking lot of the Burger King restaurant at 1829 Dempster St.

He’d been shot in the upper left arm and was treated by paramedics and taken to an area hospital where he’s reported to be in stable condition with a wound that’s not considered life-threatening.

Other officers called to the scene got into a foot chase with suspects fleeing the area and were able to take one suspect into custody who the victim later identified as the person who’d shot him.

The suspect, Anthony P. Davis, 17, of 6631 S. Claremont in Chicago, now faces aggravated battery and weapons charges and is scheduled to appear in Skokie District Court on Tuesday, July 15.

Alderman Ann Rainey, on her 8th Ward message board, said the shooting followed a large party near Dempster on Florence Avenue "with around 50 or so kids who dispersed to the Dempster Dodge area" where the 16-year-old was shot.

Noting that the incident took place well after the city’s new 11 p.m. weekend curfew, she said that if the victim had been picked up for violating curfew, the shooting wouldn’t have happened.

She said she had thought police were giving extra attention to that area after other major crime incidence on Florence in recent days.

"Now the neighbors can add a shooting to their troubles," Rainey said.

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