Gary man fired gun, ditched weapon before Evanston cops pulled him over: police

A Gary man who is a convicted felon was arrested last week after he shot a gun in Evanston, police said. Officers also discovered drug paraphernalia in his vehicle.

Shortly before 7:30 p.m. on May 12, Evanston police received a call that a man was standing in an alley in the 2300 block of Foster Street brandishing a weapon. The caller said the man then fired a shot before fleeing the scene in a black car with Indiana plates.

Officers responded to the area of Foster Street and Darrow Avenue where they saw a black Mercedes with Indiana plates. They then initiated a "high risk" traffic stop in the 1900 block of Dewey, police said.

The driver of the Mercedes — identified as 53-year-old Edward Davis — was detained, police said. A witness then positively identified him as the gunman.


A search of Davis' vehicle found a box of .22 caliber ammunition, police said. Then, a search of the area led to the discovery of a Phoenix Arms Model HP22A, still loaded with .22 caliber ammunition. A search of the shooting scene found unfired .22 caliber rounds.

The ammo recovered from the Mercedes, handgun and shooting scene all matched in caliber and brand, police said.

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Detectives believe Davis used the gun, and then ditched it before being pulled over by cops.

In addition, police found drug paraphernalia in the Mercedes. They also discovered Davis had a suspended driver's license and no proof of insurance, and that he did not have a FOID card or Concealed Carry License.

Davis was charged with two felonies among other misdemeanor charges: aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a convicted felon and reckless discharge of a firearm. He was issued a $75,000 bond. His next court date is June 1 in Skokie.

No injuries were reported in the incident.