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.