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Campus message from President Zimmer about shooting on S. Ellis

Nov. 19, 2007 (Sent at 10:40 a.m.)

To:  University Community
From:  President Robert Zimmer
Subject:  Shooting on South Ellis

It is with the greatest possible sadness that I write to inform you of the tragic killing of one of our graduate students last night. Amadou Cisse, an international student completing his Ph.D. degree in chemistry, was shot and killed at 1:26 a.m. in the street near 6120 S. Ellis Ave. We are saddened and outraged by this terrible event, and our hearts go out to the student’s family, friends, colleagues and neighbors.

Both University of Chicago and Chicago Police Department officers responded immediately to the shooting, and are working together to actively investigate this crime. Police are increasing patrols in and around campus. In addition to these immediate measures, we will work intensively with the Chicago Police Department to evaluate what additional steps we will take to ensure the safety of our community going forward.

In addition to the fatal shooting, there were two other incidents on or near campus last night. At 12:33 a.m. at 6045 Woodlawn, a man was chased by an individual who fired a shot in his direction. At 1:15 a.m., two women were robbed at 924 E. 57th St. by an individual who said he had a weapon. Police are investigating whether or not these incidents are related. Anyone who might have information related to any of these incidents should call the Chicago Police Department’s Area 2 Violent Crimes at 312-747-8272.

A number of resources are available to students, staff and faculty as we struggle to come to grips with this tragedy. Students who need assistance are encouraged to contact the Student Counseling and Resource Service, 5737 S. University Ave., 773-702-9800. Counseling resources are available to faculty and staff through Perspectives, 5751 S. Woodlawn, 800-456-6327. Other University resources are available by calling 773-834-HELP.

I want to remind you of safety resources that are available within the University Police coverage area (north to 39th Street, south to 64th Street, east to Lake Shore Drive, and west to Cottage Grove Avenue). The SafeRide Program provides an on-call bus service from midnight to 4 a.m. Monday-Thursday and midnight to 6 a.m. Friday and Saturday.  To arrange a pickup, call 773-702-2022 and give your address.  More information is available at

In addition, anyone within this coverage area can request assistance at any time from University Police if they feel uncomfortable with their surroundings. Call University Police at 773-702-8181 from an outside phone or 123 from a campus phone, give your location, and the first available patrol car will be dispatched to accompany you.

There are 325 emergency phones in the area, located on thoroughfares heavily trafficked by pedestrians. To activate the emergency phone, press the red button and your location will be immediately transmitted to the University Police. An officer or patrol car will come to your aid.

We will provide more information as soon as we are able. If you have additional questions, you may contact Sonya Malunda, assistant vice president and director of community affairs, 773-702-4568,

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