Staying Safe

Security Alert: Sunday, February 21, 2016

At approximately 1:15 p.m., Sunday, February 21 – Two victims not affiliated with the University driving in a car off campus in the area of 5400 South Harper Avenue suffered gunshot wounds when shots were fired by an unknown suspect from a passing vehicle, described as a green Jeep Cherokee that sped off westbound on East 54th Street. One victim was wounded in the left leg, the second victim suffered a graze wound to the head. The motive for the shooting is unknown and there is no suspect information at this time. The Chicago Police Department is investigating 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. 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.  For more information about safety and security on campus, please visit uchicago.edu/safety/. Use the UCPD Safety Escort Program.


  • 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.
  • More safety and security information is available at safety-security.uchicago.edu.
  • Security alerts are issued by email and posted to the Department of Safety & Security’s website when an incident occurs that should be brought to the immediate attention of the University community. Security alerts are based on information reported to the University of Chicago Police Department. The reported information may not have been investigated or confirmed at the time the security alert was issued.
  • Physical descriptions of a suspect, including race, are included in security alerts only when they provide several details that might help distinguish the suspect's appearance from the general population.

Comments or suggestions about security-related issues should be directed to: ucpd-pio@uchicago.edu.

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).