Evanston police today continued their investigation of Thursday’s shooting death of 17-year-old Darryl Shannon Pickett.

Police Chief Richard Eddington said investigators are seeking several persons of interest for questioning but that no one is yet in custody.

Police found the victim on the ground in the alley behind 1722 Dodge Ave. at 1:41 p.m. Thursday. He was pronounced dead a half hour later at Evanston Hospital.

The victim, who lived in the 1900 block of Hartrey Avenue, had just completed his junior year at Evanston Township High School where he played on the school’s football team. The school is less than a block from the shooting scene.

In a news release late this afternoon, Commander James Elliot of the Criminal Investigations Bureau said the department appreciates all the information and tips the public has provided on the case and that detectives are “diligently following up all potential leads.”

Commander Elliot said evidence technicians from the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force finished collecting evidence from the crime scene early this morning and that medical reports received today confirmed that gunshot wounds caused the victim’s death.

He said police have received conflicting accounts of what prompted the dispute between the victim and several persons that led up to the shooting.

Anyone with information about the incident can contact the Evanston Police Investigations Bureau at 847-866-5040.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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