Evanston police say a suspect in last week’s shooting incident on Leland Avenue has been released after the victim — who initially identified the suspect — refused to continue to participate in the investigation.

Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says the victim, a 32-year-old Evanston resident, was shot about 11:20 p.m. Wednesday as he was sitting in a parked car in the 1800 block of Leland Avenue.

A gold colored vehicle pulled up next to him and a passenger in the gold vehicle, described as a black male with braided hair, asked the victim his name and then fired two gunshots at him, Dugan says.  The victim was struck one time in the neck. The victim was treated at Evanston Hospital and has since been released.  

Dugan says the victim was initially cooperative with investigators identified the man who shot him as a 21-year-old Skokie resident who was taken into custody Saturday and transported to the Evanston Police Department.

But when detectives again contacted the victim, he declined to participate in the investigation any further.  

Without the cooperation of the victim, Dugan says, the police department had to release the offender without any charges.    

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call the Evanston Police Department non-emergency number at 847-866-5000 and ask for the detective bureau or utilize Text-A-Tip by sending an anonymous text message toCRIMES (274637) and typing EPD TIP in the message line followed by the information.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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