Two men were shot about 3:50 this afternoon in the 1700 block of Payne Street in Evanston.

Update 5:35 p.m.: Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says the two victims were standing near a vehicle in the driveway of a residence in the 1700 block of Payne Street with some other individuals when two males approached from the west and began to shoot at them.

One of the victims, a 51-year-old Elgin resident, was struck in the right hip and left ankle. The other, a 35-year-old Evanston resident, was struck in the left leg.

Both victims were transported to Evanston Hospital for treatment. The injury to the younger man is not considered life-threatening, Dugan says.

Update 7:05 p.m.:  Dugan now says the older man, who underwent surgery, is listed in critical but stable condition, and it looks like he will survive. 

The suspects, who fled the scene westbound on foot, are both described as male blacks in their 20’s, one wearing a black hat and black shirt and the other wearing a red shirt.  

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 to CRIMES (274637) and typing EPD TIP in the message line followed by the information. 

Update 4:16 p.m.: Shortly after the shooting incident, police were called to 1615 Simpson St., about two blocks away from the shooting scene, where two people reportedly had been stabbed in a fight.

Update 4:43 p.m.: Both victims in the stabbing incident now have been hospitalized — one at St. Francis, the other at Evanston Hospital.

Update 6:43 p.m.: Cmdr. Dugan says the stabbing incident involved two male adults who were fighting over a girl. Both received minor stab wounds on their arms.  Detectives are still investigating the incident.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Police?

    That's great. There are a couple of parks/playgrounds right there and these are about the 5th & 6th incidents in the last month that have happened in the same three-block radius — go back a year and you'll find a lot more in the same Darrow/Simpson vicinity.

    It seems to me this violence is too concentrated not to have been stifled/handled/dealt with/stopped. I don't have the slightest idea what the answer might be, it's not my job.But I'm pretty sure it's someone else's. 

    1. Police?

      Have you watched the news lately?  I'm sure the police are scared of doing what needs to be done for fear of ending up on nationwide news for violating the rights of some thug who has no respect for theirselves or human life. Let's put the blame where it belongs, and take responsibility for our own neighborhoods instead of blaming the police who don't even live here.  Besides what are the police supposed to do when nobody presses charges on their assailant.  No victim = No crime. 

      1. Yes I watch the news. On

        Yes I watch the news. On several different channels, in an attempt to get an even-handed perspective. My whole point is, several incidents have happened in the same 3 block radius in a short amount of time — this is not a city-wide problem. I'm not blaming the police for anything but not having a stronger presence in a clear hotspot. How many more times will these events continue to happen right there? Your notion of taking our neighborhoods back is relevant and good and will hopefully, at some point, be effective. But it takes time — -it's a long-range, big picture approach that doesn't start with neighborhoods as much as it starts with underage parents having multiple children.

        3 weeks from now, dozens of kids a day will be walking to and from school right through that corridor. Will we be able to take responsibility for our neighborhoods by then?

    2. Gangs

      The problem with heavy policing is that it can't prevent the unpredictable gang violence that occurs here. If gangbangers want to continue their feud, they'll just do it somewhere else. Generally, gang violence is unpredictable and doesn't have a pattern, so attempting to cull the violence wouldn't get you very far.

      1. Makes sense Robert. But my

        Makes sense Robert. But my point is, in this case, there clearly has been a pattern. 

  2. I give up
    I was speaking with an elderly woman last night who lives in the war zone. She said this time of year, she just stays in her house. Sad! I believe most, not all, but most of the people that live in this area (one of which i work with and many are friends) have become immune to this and their mentality is, not of others, outside the war zone. Seems like they just accept it. Unfortunately, I don’t believe it’s going to change until the people in the war zone change their frame of mind. I will keep my kids as safe as possible until they graduate from ETHS. They know the rules, stay OUT of the war zone. Such a shame as Evanston is a beautiful place.

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