Camps go on lockdown after incident involving man with gun

Some summer camps in the Ridgeville Park District in south Evanston were in lockdown for a short time Monday after a man with a gun frightened a citizen who took shelter in the district’s Community House.

The incident occurred at about 11 a.m. The victim was approached by a man with gun about a block from the Community House at 908 Seward St., said Brian Rosinski, the district’s director, in an email account of the incident that was confirmed by police.

Rosinski said the young man “was frightened and ran to the Community House to seek shelter.”

At that point, Rosinski said in his email, the camp called 911 and went into lock down at its two campsites close to the Community House.

The campers, about 100 young children, were then brought into the Community House for safety.

Police responded immediately, Rosinki said, and interviewed the young man and put out a description of the man carrying the gun.

Rosinki said the district was notified at 11:30 a.m. by the police officer that it was safe to resume normal activities.

He said the campers’ parents have been notified of the incident.

“Most children had no idea there was a neighborhood issue,’’ he wrote.

Rosinski could not be reached for follow-up comment Monday afternoon.

Police confirmed they are investigating the incident. The victim was described as a black man, age 18 to 19, wearing a white ball cap, a blue sweatshirt, red shorts, black gym shoes and armed with a silver and black handgun.

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