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.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. May I ask the function of this sentence?

    "The shooting scene is in the same block where Evanston city officials hope to convert a vacant storefront building into a new theater venue."

    It is also in the same block as my home, my veterinarian's office, my two closest bus stops, a restaurant I frequent and a public storage space I have used, two blocks from our local gas stations, more restauraunts, the store where I buy my paint, the store where I get windshield wipers and other auto parts.

    What are you implying? I ask because it sounds like you're implying that potential theateregoers somehow deserve more consideration than the 13.000 people who live in the two adjoining census tracts and regularly use the business district as a part of their daily lives. Or worse, that the 13,000 people who live here shouldn't get the same support for the arts in their business district as other districts because of completely unrelated news?

    1. Howard Street Gets Support

      With the tax-payer purchase of several properties on Howard Street and the high-rise development in recent years, I don't believe it would be accurate to accuse anyone of implying you shouldn't get the same support as other districts.  A lot of Evanston tax-payer revenue is being spent on Howard Street while other communities are being completely overlooked.  As a matter of fact, the question I have for our city is "why are we buying property on Howard Street, saving Harley Clark from the dark menace of a private entity, and yet selling property on Oakton Street to a private entity (recycling center to a brewery)?" 

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