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Shooting on Howard Could Be Retaliation, Police Say

A 20-year-old Evanston man was shot several times early Saturday morning, in what may have been a retaliation for the homicide of Justin Murray last week, according to police.

A 20-year-old Evanston man was shot multiple times and critically injured early Saturday, in what may be a retaliation for a homicide last week, according to police. 

The man was shot as he got out of a car in the 1900 block of Howard Street around 1:50 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, and “appears to have been specifically targeted by two offenders,” police said in a press release.

The victim was transported to St. Francis Hospital in critical condition, police said.  

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Police believe the shooting may have been revenge for the death of Justin Murray, 19, who was shot and killed in the 1800 block of Brown Avenue Thursday, Nov. 29. Murray's funeral was held Saturday morning at Faith Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Evanston.

Speaking at his funeral, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl described the situation as “a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions,” and called for an end to violence.

“Let us have peace on the streets of the city of Evanston,” she exhorted a crowd of several hundred who gathered Saturday morning at Faith Temple Missionary Baptist Church.  “The city cannot stop the violence, not alone. We cannot do it without the community.”

Editor's Note: this story has been updated to include quotes from the mayor.

Jennifer Fisher December 12, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Tiffany, thanks for your sharing your own experience. Your family is in our thoughts.
somethingforthought December 19, 2012 at 06:21 PM
I and many other single black parents do not fall into what you consider "black society". Yes I had a baby at 18 but I also have a highschool diploma, not a GED and a 4 year college degree from a University not a community college. I am also the product of a single parent home where my mother raised 3 respectable children by herself. My daughter now 13 is an honor roll student in junior high who will be going to high school next year and has been recommended to take AP classes her freshman year. So when you judge a group of people of the same race please be very careful in how you do so. Killers, thugs and drug dealers come in all different colors and from all different societies including the rich ones.
Festus McMoron December 19, 2012 at 11:24 PM
....that's the problem, from what you pointed out, i'd say your daughter will follow in her mom and grandmother's footsteps and be a single mom. 72% of black kids are raised in a single parent household. a high percentage of them turn ino gangbangers and thugs. and most of those mothers are teens. Because unmarried teenage mothers typically have no steady employment, nearly 80 percent of them apply for welfare benefits within five years after giving birth to their first child. No group can withstand such a wholesale collapse of its family structure without experiencing devastating social consequences.
wishunew December 27, 2012 at 11:13 PM
hey Festus what about the mass shootings in recent years including the latest....who are the shooters???????????? All white boys with mommy and daddy issues that come from decent homes in the burbs with rich white families that dont lock their guns down!!!! go ahead and spit your statistics....that don't mean squat anymore.
Festus McMoron December 27, 2012 at 11:33 PM
...great comparison: mental illness v. gang violence. yeah, i wish you did know. it might mean squat.

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