A 45-year-old Evanston man clings to life at Evanston Hospital as police continue to try to determine who opened fire on him as he stood on the back porch of a building at 1932 Emerson St. about 5:20 p.m. Tuesday.
Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says detectives were following up on some fresh leads today and that it appears the victim, who’s in critical condition at Evanston Hospital, may not have been the intended target of the four young men who walked toward the building and then opened fire on the several people standing there.
Dugan says investigators believe the latest shooting incident may have been in retaliation for the early morning shooting Aug. 31 that left 23-year-old Donte Blackwell of Niles dead and another man injured.
He says witnesses in this incident have been somewhat more forthcoming in talking to police than has been the case in other recent shootings. Investigators aren’t getting stonewalled this time, Dugan added.