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.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Finally there are witnesses and they are talking

    What relief it is to see here that people that have some information are for coming and helping the police solve this incident and once for all nonsense

    1. What is this, the third or

      What is this, the third or fourth shooting this summer within a five block radius of each other? Seriously. How about more police presence in the neighborhood?

      1. More people standup for whats right

        There is alot of police patrolling this year than last year. The problem is that people in the neighbor hood is just scared to report or say anythng when there is a crime. Poeple just needs to standup for there community.

  2. Having lived in this

    Having lived in this neighborhood (we took a huge hit on our selling price and moved to a different suburb), there isn't a police presence.  Calls for shots fired resulted in a slow drive by down the reported street and then they leave.  They don't get out of their cars or speak with homeowners waiting outside to speak with them.  Face it – this is the "have not" section of Evanston where police response is slow to non-existent.  It doesn't seem to have improved.  Bottom line: we did not feel safe, so we left.  

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