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Police pursue leads in homicide probe

Police say they’re still searching for the person or persons who fatally shot a 19-year-old Evanston man as he drove on Ridge Avenue on the Fourth of July.

Commander James Elliot says detectives are investigating "significant leads" provided by witnesses and associates of the victim, Leslie G. Calvin of 135 Callan Ave., and are processing evidence recovered at the scene.

Police say they’re still searching for the person or persons who fatally shot a 19-year-old Evanston man as he drove on Ridge Avenue on the Fourth of July.

Commander James Elliot says detectives are investigating "significant leads" provided by witnesses and associates of the victim, Leslie G. Calvin of 135 Callan Ave., and are processing evidence recovered at the scene.

But he said they have not determined a motive for the shooting of Calvin, who had an extensive police record involving a variety of charges.

Elliot says uniformed officers on routine patrol heard gunshots in the 300 block of Ridge Avenue about 6:55 p.m. on July 4. As they responded to that, they saw what initially appeared to be a traffic accident — a northbound maroon Dodge Caravan had crossed to the west side of the road, striking a tree and a fire hydrant at 330 Ridge Ave.

When the officers got to the car, they noticed that the driver was bleeding and unresponsive and appeared to have been shot.

Fire Department paramedics took the victim to nearby St. Francis Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:30 p.m. The medical examiner’s office says he died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Officers closed off the area around the crime scene for several hours as police detectives and forensic specialists from the city and the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force looked for evidence.

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