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Mourners pay their respectsSaturday to Justin Murray, 19, of Evanston, during a memorial service at Faith Temple Church in Evanston on Saturday. Police are investigating whether Murray's shooting was related to a feud between families that has spurred rec

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Updated: January 14, 2013 6:30AM


A 20-year-old Evanston man remained in serious condition as of late Monday from gunshot wounds sustained early Saturday, in a shooting which police believe may have been in retaliation for the Nov. 29 homicide of Justin Murray.

Police responded about 1:50 a.m. Saturday, to the 1900 block of Howard Street, along the Evanston/Chicago border, for a report of a person shot.

The victim was shot multiple times as he exited a vehicle on the Evanston side of the street, and it appeared he had been specifically targeted by two offenders, police said.

The offenders were wearing dark clothing at the time of the incident, Cmdr. Jay Parrott said.

The victim, after being hit, made his way across the street to a bar, Siblings, which sits on the Chicago side.

Police have been investigating whether the latest spate of violence is tied to a continuing interpersonal conflicts between families, which boiled over last week in a Skokie courtroom.

A jury cleared Anthony Bamberg, Jr., 28, of Evanston, of first degree murder charges in the 2010 shooting death of 23-year-old Marcus Davis. During the trial, members of the families reportedly had several physical run-ins over Bamberg’s incarceration and threats of reprisal were hurled before the shooting of Murray, on Nov. 29.

Murray – who was in town only four hours – was shot twice in front of 1818 Brown, where his grandmother lives. Police say two offenders were seen peering from a nearby gangway when the shots were fired.

Evanston Police Chief Richard Eddington said Monday that police have developed some substantial leads and recovered some substantial physical evidence in their investigation.

He indicated that the condition of the Evanston resident in the Howard incident was extremely grave, with the victim already undergoing two and half blood transfusions because of his injuries.

Police had hoped to interview the victim as part of their investigation.

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