[URGENT] Public Safety Advisory

On Thursday, April 8, at 9 a.m., UIC Police Department and Chicago Police Department responded to a call of a vehicle accident and possible shooting that occurred on the street near the 700 block of S. Halsted St. Further investigation revealed that a road rage incident occurred involving two vehicles. A black Infiniti Sedan was fired upon while traveling northbound on S. Halsted St. near W. Taylor St. The offender, who was driving a gray Nissan Maxima and traveling northbound on S. Halsted St., pulled over and while still in traffic, exited his vehicle and fired a handgun in the direction of the victim’s vehicle. The offender then returned to his vehicle and traveled northbound on S. Halsted St. and then westbound on W. Harrison St. While being fired upon, the victim reversed their vehicle and struck another vehicle, causing damage and pushing it into the median. The victim fled the area for safety and no injuries were reported. There is no known UIC affiliation.
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:

  • Report crime promptly to police at call 312-355-5555 for emergencies or 312-996-2830 for non-emergencies.
  • All actions taken in an active threat/shooter situation must be determined on the basis of your assessment of the situation.
  • Familiarize yourself with the UIC Office of Preparedness and Response emergency guidelines: Evacuate, Evade, Engage at https://ready.uic.edu/emergency-guidelines/active-threat-shooter/active-threat-shooter/.

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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