Evanston police say they’re still investigating an incident in the 5th Ward early Tuesday morning in which shots were fired at an officer.

Officers responding to a report of a disturbance near 1823 Hovland Court shortly before 3 a.m. say they found 20 to 30 people standing around watching two people who were arguing with each other.

As police approached, one of the people involved in the dispute ran off, but turned and fired two shots at an officer before escaping on foot.

Late Tuesday evening police say they arrested Carlton Earl Preister, 18 of 1921 Dodge Ave., at 900 Pitner St. in connection with the shooting incident. He now faces a hearing in Skokie district court next Thursday on charges of attempted murder of a police officer.

Update 9:50 a.m. 8/7/08:

Evanston police now say the initial police report regarding the charges filed against Preister was incorrect. They say that he was actually charged with mob action in connection with the disturbance that culminated in the shooting, and that another man has now been charged with firing the shots.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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