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Safety Awareness Alert

Sent to campus on Dec. 4, 2007 at 7:40 p.m.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. today (Dec. 4), a 16-year-old unaffiliated male was walking with his sister and other teens on 61st Street between Kimbark and Kenwood. A beige sedan passed them and someone inside the car fired several shots in their direction, one of which struck the victim in the right leg. The victim was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he is listed in good condition. Police believe that this is the aftermath of an earlier fight that occurred near the Hyde Park Academy involving the victim’s older brother. The police are investigating.

Safety Awareness Alerts are based on information that has been reported to the police. The reported facts may not have been investigated or confirmed.

PLEASE NOTE: The University of Chicago Police patrol area has in recent years been expanded considerably. In October of 2001, the patrol area was expanded south to 64th Street. In March of 2004, the patrol area was expanded north to 39th Street. The reporting protocols of the University’s Safety Awareness Program apply to this entire area.   Therefore, Security Alerts cover crimes committed not only in the Hyde Park neighborhood, but also in the surrounding North Kenwood/Oakland and Woodlawn neighborhoods that constitute parts of the expanded area patrolled by University police. Crime patterns are irregular throughout the patrol area. Readers are advised to attend carefully to the noted location of any reported incident.

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Last modified at 09:48 PM CST on Tuesday, December 04, 2007

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