EVANSTON SEES 3 FA­TAL SHOOT­INGS IN SPAN OF 4 DAYS

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY DAVID STRUETT AND CLARE PROC­TOR David Struett is a CST Wire Re­porter. Clare Proc­tor is a Sun-Times Staff Re­porter.

Af­ter three fa­tal shoot­ings in a span of four days, north sub­ur­ban Evanston has seen as many homi­cides in the past week as in all of 2018 and 2019 com­bined.

Gun vi­o­lence in Evanston isn’t new, though un­til the re­cent killings, the city hadn’t had a homi­cide in more than a year. Ac­cord­ing to city data, a dou­ble-homi­cide in July 2013 in which two broth­ers died marks the last time there were mul­ti­ple fa­tal shoot­ings in a sin­gle month.

“This snapped our streak of not hav­ing any homi­cides” this year, said Sgt. Ken Carter, an Evanston Po­lice Depart­ment spokesman. “I can’t re­mem­ber the last time we’ve had mul­ti­ple homi­cides like those three.”

The most re­cent shoot­ing killed An­drew Wil­liams, 29, about 3 p.m. Sun­day af­ter two masked gun­men ex­ited a ve­hi­cle and opened fire in the 1900 block of Hartrey Av­enue, Evanston po­lice said.

Wil­liams was taken to Evanston Hos­pi­tal, where he was pro­nounced dead, au­thor­i­ties said. He would have turned 30 on Mon­day. De­tec­tives are in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether the homi­cide was re­tal­i­a­tion for a fa­tal shoot­ing the day be­fore.

That shoot­ing claimed the life of Deashawn Turner, 21, early Satur­day in the 2200 block of Emer­son Street, po­lice said. De­tec­tives are look­ing into pos­si­ble ri­val gang vi­o­lence as the mo­ti­va­tion for the killings, Carter said.

The first fa­tal shoot­ing of the three was early Thurs­day, when Brian Car­rion, of Glen­view, was shot near the CTA Howard Red Line stop, po­lice said. He died at the scene. Though de­tec­tives haven’t ruled out gang vi­o­lence as a mo­ti­va­tor for Car­rion’s shoot­ing, the mur­der ap­pears un­re­lated to the other two, Carter said.

Carter said po­lice are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing which gangs are in­volved and whether they are based in Evanston or Chicago.

Evanston Ald. Robin Rue Sim­mons said the city has neigh­bor­hood gangs sep­a­rate from Chicago’s, though they op­er­ate un­der a “new cul­ture of gang vi­o­lence.” An Evanston na­tive, Rue Sim­mons said there’s no longer clearcut lines mark­ing gang ter­ri­to­ries like there were when she grew up. That makes it harder to nav­i­gate con­flicts be­tween gangs and avoid vi­o­lence, she said.

“This is a con­cern of all of Evanston,” Rue Sim­mons said. “My hope is that, in this time of so­cial awak­en­ing and con­se­quences of the trauma of COVID-19, how it is dev­as­tat­ing fam­i­lies fi­nan­cially and the health im­pact, that we ab­so­lutely have all hands on deck to ad­dress vi­o­lent crimes, which are rooted in poverty.”

Rue Sim­mons is call­ing for strate­gic polic­ing, com­mu­nity in­vest­ment and men­tal health ser­vices, among other solutions, to ad­dress the surge in vi­o­lent crime last week­end.

No ar­rest has been an­nounced in any of the three Evanston shoot­ings. Po­lice have in­creased pa­trols to make their pres­ence vis­i­ble in vi­o­lence “hot spots,” Carter said.

Evanston po­lice de­tec­tives and North Re­gional Ma­jor Crimes Task Force are in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

In neigh­bor­ing Chicago, three peo­ple were killed and 56 more wounded this week­end in shoot­ings across the city, the low­est num­bers the city has seen in over a month.

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An­drew Wil­liams was killed in a shoot­ing Sun­day in the 1900 block of Hartrey Av­enue in Evanston.

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