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Latest Evanston shooting tied to family feud

Police scour an alley behind 1700 block Grey for clues following Dec. 12 2012 shooting which 23-year-old Evanstman was fatally

Police scour an alley behind the 1700 block of Grey for clues following a Dec. 12, 2012 shooting in which a 23-year-old Evanston man was fatally shot. | Bob Seidenberg~Sun-Times Media

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Message from the mayor

In response to the latest fatal shooting, Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl on Wednesday released the following statement:

“The series of violent acts that have occurred in Evanston over the last couple of weeks are unacceptable. While we grieve with our local families over their losses, the entire Evanston community has been shaken. Our children are concerned for their safety and all residents are questioning this unusual period of events.

“The circumstances of these violent acts are well known to the Evanston Police Department and are being vigorously investigated by EPD and our local law enforcement partners. This recent violence involves a continuing dispute between two extended families that have ties to gang related violence. EPD is using all available resources to apprehend those responsible. These investigations are being conducted in such a manner to insure those responsible are brought to justice.

“We have too many guns in this community. We must work together to get guns off the street through buy-back programs and other means until local jurisdictions have the authority to enact real gun control legislation.

“I have every confidence that Police Chief Eddington and members of the Evanston Police Department are doing what is required to end this period of violence and to keep all of us in Evanston safe.”

Updated: December 13, 2012 9:10AM

EVANSTON — A 23-year-old Evanston man was fatally shot Wednesday morning in the latest of what police call ongoing retaliatory violence involving multiple families and individuals.

The body of the man, identified as Javar Bamberg, was found about 2 a.m. In an alley behind the 1700 block of Grey Avenue, just north of Evanston Township High School.

The victim was found with a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead at the scene, Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott said.

It is the second fatal shooting in two weeks. Police have connected the family violence to the death of Justin Murray, 19, who was gunned down Nov. 29, as well as the shooting of a 20-year-old man Saturday on Howard Street.

The latest shooting comes just three days after a wrenching funeral for Murray.

Police do not believe the public is in danger because of the targeted nature of the shootings, Parrott said.

“... The victims are targeted as a result of an ongoing feud involving extended families with gang-related ties,” he said.

Nevertheless, police are beefing up patrols in some of the neighborhoods where the violence has occurred as a precautionary measure, he said.

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