Staying Safe

Security Alert: Monday, April 20, 2015

At approximately 12:30 a.m., Monday, April 20 – 3 victims not affiliated with the University were shot by an unknown person(s) off campus in the alley at 5487 South Ellis Avenue. The victims subsequently fled onto campus into the parking garage at 55th and Ellis where UCPD officers responded to the incident. The victims were transported to the hospital by Chicago Fire Department Emergency Medical Service. The motive for the shooting is unknown and there is no suspect information at this time. The Chicago Police Department is continuing to investigate this shooting.

Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. Familiarize yourself with the location of University emergency phones. When possible, use public transportation or the UCPD Safety Escort Program. If you see suspicious activity, please report it immediately to the police by activating an emergency phone or by calling UCPD when you get to a safe location.

Marlon C. Lynch
Associate Vice President for Safety, Security and Civic Affairs and Chief of Police

  • If you have any information related to this incident or if you witness any suspicious activity, please report it immediately to the Chicago Police Department (911) or the University of Chicago Police Department – 123 from a University phone or 773.702.8181 from other phones.
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PLEASE NOTE: The University of Chicago Police Department patrol area boundaries are 37th Street on the north to 65th Street on the south/Cottage Grove Avenue to Lake Shore Drive (39th Street to 60thStreet)/Evans Avenue to Stony Island Avenue (61st Street to 64th Street)/65th Street (Ellis Avenue to University Avenue).