A shooting incident in the 700 block of Howard Street in Evanston about 8:30 this evening reportedly has left three people injured.
Evanston and Chicago police are on the scene. One of the victims, found on the Evanston side of Howard, has just been taken by Evanston paramedics to St. Francis Hospital.
The other two victims, found on the Chicago side of Howard, were taken to St. Francis by Chicago ambulance crews.
Traffic is now blocked in both directions on Howard Street between Custer and Ridge avenues.
Initial indications are that two men in a maroon two-door sedan pulled into the parking lot of the Howard Food Mart on the Chicago, got out of the car and began firing.
The shooters then reportedly got back into the car and fled westbound on Howard.
The shooting scene is in the same block where Evanston city officials hope to convert a vacant storefront building into a new theater venue.
Update 9:36 p.m.: Chicago Police say one of the victims was a 39-year-old male who suffered gunshot wounds to his torso and ankle. Another was a 40-year-old male who was shot in the buttocks. That victim is said to be in stable condition. Information about the third victim wasn’t immediately available.
Update 7:30 a.m.: All three shooting victims are now reported in stable condition. The third victim, now identified as a 30-year-old man, was shot in the right ankle.