Evanston police are investigating a reported shooting incident that happened shortly before 3 p.m. this afternoon near the intersection of Foster Street and Darrow Avenue.

Witnesses told police that three men were sitting on a fence in the area when another three men walked up to them. One of the men reportedly pulled out a gun and opened fire.

The gunman and his companions then reportedly ran east on Foster Street and then south down an alley east of Dewey Avenue.

Several people who had fled from the shooting scene into a house at 2002 Darrow Ave. now reportedly have come out of the house at the direction of police.

Police asked officials at Family Focus at 2010 Dewey Ave., a block from the shooting scene, to keep children in programs there inside the building, but they’ve told School District 65 and Evanston Township High School officials to go ahead with their scheduled afternoon dismissal from classes.

Update 3:40 p.m.: Police spokesman Perry Polinski says no one was hit by the shots fired during the incident. Police are still searching the building that they believe some of the people involved in the incident had hidden in.

Update 3:55 p.m.: Police have completed searching the house and reportedly did not find any weapons inside. Some police units now are beginning to leave the area.

Update 5:25 p.m.: Officials say no one is in custody as police continue to investigate the incident. Shell casings were recovered at the scene. Streets in the area are now all back open.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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