Carjacking parolee shoots himself in the leg after Chicago cops approach SUV on South Side, police say

Rosemary Sobol, Chicago Tribune
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A man on parole just over four months for carjacking accidentally shot himself in the leg after Chicago police approached a suspicious SUV at a South Side gas station this week, authorities said.

Noriyhea Evans, 20, was a passenger in a Dodge Durango that caught the attention of officers about 12:45 p.m. in the 200 block of West Pershing Road just south of Guaranteed Rate Field, according to police.

The officers noticed Indiana fleet license plates on the silver SUV and knew there had been a rash of thefts of similar vehicles, according to a police report. They approached the SUV and talked to the driver, Jalen Howard, 18, as Evans got out and sat near the gas pumps

Howard gave the officers his driver’s license, which they found was suspended, and they handcuffed him. As Evans was sitting by the pumps, talking on a cellphone, there was a gunshot and officers saw Evans bleeding from the right thigh, the report states.

Cameras captured Evans shooting himself “while he was alone and not handcuffed,'' the police report states.

Officers applied a tourniquet and took him to the University of Chicago Hospital. They searched Evans and found a semi-automatic weapon in his pants.

Police also confiscated a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun from Howard after finding it inside his Canada Goose jacket.

Howard was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and misdemeanor driving on a suspended license. He was ticketed for operating an uninsured motor vehicle, police said.

Evans was charged with unlawful use of a weapon and reckless discharge of a firearm, both felonies. He was also wanted on a warrant and charged with one misdemeanor count of obstructing identification.

He had been paroled in June after being convicted of carjacking. He had been sentenced to four years in prison after being charged with felony vehicular hijacking, aiding and abetting, possessing and selling a stolen vehicle.

rsobol@chicagotribune.com

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