[URGENT] Public Safety Advisory

On Tuesday, March 2, at approximately 3:40 p.m. UIC Police responded to a report of shots fired in the 700 block of W. Maxwell St. When UIC Police arrived at the location all parties had fled the area. Witnesses reported that three subjects were entering a white Honda Civic parked in front of 717 W. Maxwell St. when a second vehicle, a black Chevrolet Malibu traveling westbound on W. Maxwell St., approached the subjects. It is believed that the occupants of both vehicles exchanged fire at one another. The white Honda Civic fled southbound on S. Union Ave. and the black Chevrolet Malibu was last seen traveling northbound on S. Halsted St. from W. Maxwell St. There are no reported injuries, however, there is property damage to 722 W. Maxwell St. caused by shots fired.

The Chicago Police Department will lead the investigation. Anyone with information should call 311.

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UIC Police offer the following security tips:

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Use all your senses to be alert for danger, and when walking alone, don’t wear headphones or earbuds.
  • Don’t display valuables in public.
  • On campus, look for the location of the nearest emergency call box (there are more than 1,500 across campus.)
  • To contact the UIC Police, call 312-355-5555 for emergencies or 312-996-2830 for non-emergencies.
  • Report crime promptly to police.

Public safety advisories are distributed to the university community in compliance with the federal Clery Act. UIC Police may also issue notifications for off-campus crimes in the interest of public-safety awareness. Security tips are standard precautions, not special or incident-specific measures. Effective January 2021, the university will no longer routinely use race, ethnicity or national origin as a descriptor in public safety advisories. Updates to investigations are not sent by email but will be posted online at: emergency.uic.edu/public-safety-advisory/

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