Evanston police say a combination of readily available guns, disputes among gang members and longstanding conflicts among members of extended families are major factors in gun violence in the city.
In a presentation at a ward meeting earlier this month that’s scheduled to be repeated at the Levy Center next month, Deputy Police Chief Jeff Jamraz said that as police try to prevent further gun violence, they’ve arrested nearly a dozen people on weapons charges so far this year and recovered nearly 40 firearms.
Six of the city’s 10 shooting incidents this year have occurred in the 5th Ward. And of the 11 victims, all but three were black males between the ages of 16 and 25. The other victims, all of them black, were a 19-year-old woman and men ages 39 and 46.
Jamraz presented a list of incidents that showed how the lives of one gang member — Antoine Sanders — the man killed on McCormick Boulevard in Skokie last month by a gunman on a motorcycle — and some of his relatives — had frequently intersected with weapons.
- On Jan. 12, 2012, Antoine Sander’s brother, Anton Sanders, 15, was shot and killed in the 1800 block of Juneway Terrace in Rogers Park.
- On Feb. 18, 2012, Antoine Sanders was arrested in Chicago for unlawful possession of a weapon.
- On May 11, 2012, Antoine Sanders was arrested by Evanston police for possession of a weapon after a lakefront chase that followed a shots-fired incident near Gale Elementary School in Rogers Park.
- On Sept. 12, 2012, Antoine Sander’s father, also named Antoine Sanders, 36, was shot and killed in the 15600 block of Drexel Avenue in Dolton.
- In October 2012, Antoine Sanders was convicted on weapons charges in the May 2012 incident and served eight months at the Vienna Correction Center.
- On July 2, 2014, Antoine Sanders was shot at in the 900 block of Custer Avenue in Evanston. The shooter missed Sanders, but shot and wounded a 19-year-old woman he was with.
- On July 22, 2014, the motorcycle gunman fatally shot Antoine Sanders, who died at age 23.