Evanston deploys more cops in response to shootings

Additional police officers are being deployed Tuesday night in Evanston in response to the shootings of two young men over the last 24 hours, city officials announced in a written statement.

Following shootings on the 1700 block of Payne Street, and 2000 block Dodge Avenue, Evanston Police Chief Richard Eddington has ordered that officers be deployed tonight, with additional officers assigned as needed in the coming days.

In addition, staff from the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services Youth and Young Adult Division are also working in the community with young people as a resource, according to City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz.

Police responded to shots fired Monday evening on the 1700 block of Payne, later stopping a car on Green Bay Avenue with several occupants, one of whom had been shot multiple times in the leg.

Police then responded Tuesday afternoon to shots fired on the 2000 block of Dodge where a 21-year-old Evanston man was wounded in the leg.

In both cases, the injuries were not considered life-threatening, police officials said.

The department is investigating both incidents. Information indicates that the shootings were not random acts of violence and were related, police said.

Meanwhile, anyone with information is asked to call the Evanston Police Department’s detective bureau or to utilize the anonymous test-a-tip program by texting CRIMES (274637) with EPD TIP in message line followed by the tip information.

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