Staying Safe

Security Alert: Tuesday, November 9, 2021

At approximately 12:10 p.m., Tuesday, November 9, 2021 – Chicago Police and UCPD officers responded to calls of shots fired at 53rd Street and South Harper Avenue by The Polsky Center and Harper Court. Upon arrival officers found multiple shell casings in the street and observed a window of a nearby business damaged as well as damage to two parked vehicles. As of this time no injuries have been reported. Witnesses report the gunfire came from a dark grey Hyundai Sonata with Illinois plates BZ59852 that immediately fled away from the 53rd street area.  The vehicle used was reported stolen to CPD on November 8, 2021.  The Chicago Police Department is investigating this crime.

  • 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).