Evanston police continued to follow up leads today investigating a fatal shooting in an alley off Emerson Street Monday afternoon.

Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says officers are looking for a lone gunman who fled on foot from the alley in the 2000 block of Emerson about 1:45 p.m. after firing several shots. Four of the bullets hit 27-year-old Ray Owens as he sat in his car while others hit another car parked nearby.

Owens, a Chicago resident who has relatives who live in Evanston, was transported by fire department paramedics to Evanston Hospital where he was pronounced dead about an hour later.

Dugan says police recovered a gun this afternoon in the 2200 or 2300 block of Foster Street, a few blocks away from the shooting scene — but it’s not yet clear whether that incident was related to the homicide.

He says when officers tried to make a street stop, the person they wanted to talk to ran off. He got away, but not before dropping the gun that officers recovered.

Evanston police and officers from the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force were going door to door this afternoon around the time of the shooting, Dugan added, to see if neighbors who’d been at home Monday might have seen something that could help in the investigation.

Before Monday’s incident, the city’s last homicide occurred just under a year ago, when Albert E. Norman, 22, of 1711 Grey Ave., was found dying of gunshot wounds behind the wheel of his car in the 1900 block of Brown Avenue at 12:45 a.m. on June 28, 2014.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. If you saw something, speak up

    Chicago's Father Flager is currently encouraging those who have ANY information about crimes to anonymously text photos or information to the police. The police are not the enemy, they are here to help. If you don't speak out about crime in your own neighborhood, the next homicide may very well be your family member or loved one.

    1. Who is Father Flager. I can

      Who is Father Flager. I can only guess that you were referring to Pfleger. I can only hope you were really referring to somebody named Father Flager..

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