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Evanston Teen Arrested In Bizarre Wrigleyville Shootout

By Kate Shepherd in News on Dec 14, 2015 9:37PM

West Patterson Street In Lakeview, via Google Earth.

An Evanston teenager has been charged in connection with this weekend's unusual Wrigleyville shootout.

19-year-old Ralph Banks, of the 2000 block of W. Darrow in Evanston, was charged with one felony count of aggravated discharge of firearm, according to a statement from Chicago police.

More than 80 shots were fired between police and two groups that were shooting at each other near Patterson and Racine in the early morning hours of Sunday, Dec. 13, according to ABC7.

Banks was identified as one of the shooters who fired shots on the 1100 block of W. Patterson Ave. around 3:05 a.m., according to authorities.

Responding officers pursued him and he was arrested without incident after taking himself to the hospital with a gunshot wound to his back. Authorities also recovered a .40 caliber handgun.

He was set to appear in court on Monday, Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) wrote in a statement on his Facebook page.

Despite rising concerns about crime in Lakeview and Wrigleyville, residents shouldn't be concerned about this shooting, according to Tunney. He's been in "constant contact with Commander Cesario and the 19th Police District" about the incident.

"I believe this was an isolated incident and clearly not a normal occurrence for our neighborhood," he said in a statement. "I will continue to update neighbors as we learn more."