Evanston police say a 21-year-old woman was shot in the right leg about 2:40 a.m. today in the 1700 block of Darrow Avenue.

The victim was taken by Evanston Fire paramedics to Northshore University Hospital for treatment of what are described as non-life threatening injuries.

Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott says witnesses and the scene and the victim were not cooperative with police during their initial investigation detectives are seeking the public’s help in determining who was responsible for the shooting.

Anyone with informationcan call the Evanston Police Detective Bureau at 847-866-5040 or use the anonymous text-a-tip program by texting CRIME (27463) followed by EPDTIP with the information on any SMS capable phone.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Obstruction

    Police should just start charging people with obstruction of justice. Get the violence over with!

    1. OOJ would expose the City

      They can't really do that, becaue they've committed to this witness intimidation theory of noncooperation.

      If they start using criminal charges to coerce people's cooperation, they are then obligated to protect those witnesses from retaliation. And if one of those witnesses is ever killed or maimed after cooperating, the City is potentially exposed to massive liability.

  2. Please help the police do their job

    How can witnesses and the victim not cooperate with the police?

    How are the police supposed to do their job?

    People can march, hold vigils and lament the violence in Evanston, but sadly nothing seems to change.

    When will we learn?

    What else needs to happen?

  3. Witnesses obstructing justice

    Unfortunately, a lot of these people  know who the shooters are, and are protecting themselves from retaliation, by keeping their mouths shut:  therefore NOTHING will ever change!  If there are really witnesses, and they will not help the police, isn't that an obstuction of justice?   C'mon, people!   Wake up and smell the coffee…or blood, as the case may be!   

  4. Why witnesses won’t come forward

    I'm was born and raised in Evanston, and I'm disgusted with the violence and deaths!

    I'm not trying to be sarcastic or cynical when I say this, but as an African American young woman I can honestly say we don't believe the law is in our favor either way it goes (i.e. Trayvon Martin).

    Whether we help the police or not, we don't feel like justice will be served — whether the offender is a stranger or someone you've grown up your whole life with.

    Also, does anyone think that people may be scared to talk? Evanston police statistics on murder convictions? Please do research! The police know exactly what's going on, it's their job to know. They just need to catch people in the act instead of expecting the community to do their job after the fact.

    1. Police are responsible for noncooperation

      I agree with you for the most part, although I think this is almost totally due to heavy-handed police actions and the whole "school to prison pipeline" and not due to witness intimidation.

      The police would love for witness intimidation to be the problem, because that would justify their illegal stops and searches, their exciting and excessive raids, and their fueling of public hysteria. But really, the lack of cooperation is simple. Police actions routinely send young black people to prison for bullshit. Some of those young black people are dangerous and belong in prison. Most are not and do not. Since the police and the justice system don't distinguish between young black people, it's entirely rational for young black people not to cooperate with the police under any circumstances.

      1. Police are to blame?

        Which raids do you feel were exciting and excessive and why?  What public hysteria?   I thought I was well informed, but I am now thinking I've missed a whole lot and am asking you to please inform me.

    2. P#%#Sed ETHS Alumni – YOU can make a difference-start today

      I am pleased to know that you are "disgusted with the violence and deaths" So am I, and so are many others in our community.

      Today, contact Mayor Tisdahl @ 847 866-2979 and let her know your concerns and your ideas or contact or Alderman or the Chief of Police, Richard Eddington – 847 866-5000.

      One person can change the world – be that person.

      Think of the action taken by Rosa Parks, or Mother Teresa or Nelson Mandela and many, many others.

      Take action today, before another tragedy happens.


    3. Re: Pissed ETHS alum

      Did you really say the police just need to catch people in the act?

      That's silly. You do realize that the police can't be everywhere in the city at the same time right?

      And I hate to break it to you, but the majority of criminals are not going to wait around for the police to drive by before committing a crime and they are not going to tip off the police beforehand so they can be "caught in the act".

      Pissed ETHS alum, you have unrealistic expectations of stopping the violence. The only way violence is really going to be reduced is with the cooperation of the community in which the violence is taking place.

      You can be anonymous when reporting and, hey, in this day and age you can text/email the police and not even have to personally talk to an officer. The reality is that sometimes justice isn't always served but sometimes it is but doing nothing is also just contributing to the problem.

      Yes the police, I'm sure, know about the “problem people" in Evanston, but in a court of law in the US witnesses can make or break a case.

      I, like you, am a black female and prefer that you do not use “we," as we do not share the same views.

      P.S. — Justice has at least been just been served in Wisconsin the old white man who shot and killed the unarmed African American 13-year-old boy. He was found guilty of murder.

  5. Maybe some of the problem lies in the joke of sentencing

    I agree with the sentiment that people need to cooperate with the cops — but take a look at the story about Antoine Hill.

    This guy was found guilty of murder in 2006, sentenced to 18 years in prison, and was walking around town this week!

    I can see how people may be reluctant to help the cops if the reality is that a violent murderer like Hill can serve less than half of his sentence and then go back out on the streets to terrorize people.

    Where is truth in sentencing?  When will Dan Biss, Robyn Gabel and the rest of the legislature pass a bill abolishing parole and demanding that criminals serve their time?

    Without it we are toast.

    1. Incarceration Addict

      We already have the most punitive justice system in the developed world. What more do you want?

      Yes, it appears (from police reports only) that Antoine Hill is a recidivist who isn't going to turn his life around. He will probably go back to prison now. But for every Antoine Hill, there are other 18 year old kids who get caught up in drugs or violence and sent to prison, but do have the ability to lead productive lives. 

      Your proposal would only exacerbate the toxic effect of the justice system on young male blacks, which is one of the problems and not the solution.

      Finally, in case you hadn't heard, our state is broke. Parole saves huge amounts of money, because of our overincarceration problem. But you probably think the prisoners should just get bread and water to save that money.

    2. Not EPD’s fault

      This Hill person was sentenced but then walking around Evanston?  How can this be EPD's fault, though??  They don't sentence him!

      1. Nobody is blaming the EPD

        The post doesn't blame the EPD., necessarily  Why would someone cooperate with the police if they know that the criminal could only serve a minimal amount of time?  Witnesses often have to appear in court or sign an affidavit.  

        The criminal sees those documents as part of the trial. When they get out of jail it is not inconceivable to think that they could retaliate against cooperating witnesses. People are much more likely to cooperate if they know that — say, a murderer — will remain in jail for a very long time.  

        I will say, as it pertains to EPD, that they do not have a spotless record. Just remember the acquittal of John Anthony Bamberg last year in the shooting of Marcus Davis.  

        Bamberg won the acquittal largely because his defense attorney poked holes through the EPD's evidence collection and investigation tactics.  

        In that case, either EPD got the wrong guy or was incompetent in the investigation. Regardless the Davis shooting has not been solved and a murderer walks among us.

  6. Police cooperation

    To "Pissed ETHS Alumni"

    I have a feeling you do not speak for all blacks when you use "we" for your own opinions. I do not believe your feelings are universal to black Evanston residents.

    That street culture of "no snitching" is what is allowing violence to continue in Evanston, Chicago, and elsewhere. Until we take accountability for our neighborhoods and try to weed out the riff raff, this kind of nonsense will repeat itself over and over.

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