Evanston police now say Justin Murray was with several other people when he was fatally shot Thursday evening and may not have been the intended victim of the gunman.

Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott says some of the people with Murrary saw two men peering from a gangway when Murray was shot at about 6:15 p.m. Thursday.

Officers responding to several calls of shots fired found Murray lying on the parkway in front of his grandmother’s house at 1818 Brown Ave.

Fire paramedics transported him to Evanston Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly before 7 p.m.

Parrott says police don’t believe the shooting was random, but that the gunman may have intended to target one of the people Murray was with.

The case is being investigated by Evanston dedectives and officers of the North Regional Major Crime Task Force.

Police are asking that anyone with information about the case call the detective bureau at 847-866-5040 or use the text-a-tip service by texting the word CRIMES (274637) and EPD Tip with their information.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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