[URGENT] Public Safety Advisory

On Wednesday, Feb. 5, at approximately 10:50 a.m. UIC Police joined Chicago Police in responding to a report of a person shot on a CTA train near the Blue Line station at 430 S. Halsted St. The victim, who is not affiliated with UIC, was transported to a nearby hospital.

The offender remains at large and is described as a black male, approximately 6’3” to 6’4” tall, approximately 20 years old, wearing a dark jacket, bright red scarf and carrying a silver revolver. The offender fled northbound on Peoria St. and then westbound on Van Buren St. with the victim’s backpack and wallet.

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

Approximate crime location mapped:


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. Offender descriptions and precise locations are provided only to aid in the identification of possible suspects. Updates to investigations are not sent by email but will be posted online at: https://emergency.uic.edu/public-safety-advisory/

UIC Annual Security Report

Chicago Police Department Crime Incidents

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