Chicago man hit in local shooting

Susan Daker

A 26-year-old Chicago man was shot and wounded in his right leg in an Evanston alley early Thursday morning, police said.

The man was shot in the north alley of the 2000 block of Emerson Street at about 3:45 a.m., Cmdr. Michael Perry of the Evanston Police Department said.

Perry would not release the victim’s name.

The victim was taken to Evanston Hospital and had surgery today, Perry said. Because the victim had been in surgery, EPD had not yet been able to interview him.

Perry said there are no suspects but that EPD plans to interview some people.

Karen Ganz, a spokeswoman for Evanston Hospital, said the victim was in good condition.

Evanston resident Ron Parks, 53, lives in the block where the shooting occurred. He said he woke up to the sound of “shotgun blasts,” and when he looked out his window, he saw a man lying on his back next to two garbage cans in the alley.

One of those garbage cans now has a bullet hole through it.

Parks said he saw a couple of squad cars in the alley. He also said he saw a man run from the police, jump over a fence and head toward Emerson.

He said he saw police restrain a man against a squad car and then heard the victim tell police the man they were restraining was not the assailant but actually had saved his life.

Parks said he did not know the motive for the shooting.

A bullet hit Parks’ car, making a hole in the upper right side of the car’s back end, he said. The car was parked behind his house near the alley, he said.

Other remnants from the shooting were left in the alley. Gauze pads with dark red stains were dumped in a red recycling bin next to the garbage cans. Parks said the pads were not there before the shooting.

Sherman Adams, 57, who also lives on the 2000 block of Emerson also woke up to the sound of gunshots.

“I could have sworn they could have hit the house,” Adams said.

He said he called out to his mother who was asleep in the next room and asked her if she was all right.

Adams said bright lights were shining into his bedroom window, but he was too afraid to look outside. Adams said he was a “nervous wreck” and did not fall back to sleep until 5 a.m.