Evanston police say they believe the shooting of a 27-year-old man in a south Evanston alley this morning was drug related.

Deputy Police Chief Joe Bellino says the victim, Seneca Nelson, is in serious condition at St. Francis Hospital after undergoing emergency surgery for gunshot wounds to the head and chest.

Police now say the shooting took place about 6:30 this morning in the 800 block of Case Street, just east of Ridge Avenue and north of the Skokie Swift tracks. Police initially said the shooting took place two blocks further east in the 600 block of Case Place.

Chief Bellino says Mr. Nelson, of the 4900 block of Hull Terrace in Skokie, has numerous criminal convictions, including seven for drug law violations.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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