CHICAGO, IL – Northwestern University campus in Chicago was given an ‘all-clear’ signal after police responded to reports of shots being fired Monday evening, Northwestern University reported on its website. The school posted an initial notice at 9:12 p.m., heightening alarm over an “active threat” outdoors near Wieboldt Hall, located in the Streeterville neighborhood. Both Chicago police and Northwestern University police were responding to the situation on Chicago Avenue close to North DuSable Lake Shore Drive, the notice stated.
Updated information was provided in a subsequent notice at 9:32 p.m., that indicated the situation “has been secured and is all clear.” The notice also reported, “Assailants are in custody. It is unknown whether anyone was injured.”
However, later on Monday night, Chicago police clarified the statement. They noted that while Northwestern police might have detained individuals, those individuals must have ultimately been released.
According to the police, officers were initially called to respond to reports of gunfire in the area. A witness that officers spoke to recounted seeing a massive fight break out on the street involving several individuals. A person, whose gender was only identified as female, was allegedly seen wielding a handgun and firing one shot. The crowd dispersed from the location after the shot was fired. No individuals were taken into custody by the Chicago Police Department.
No injuries were reported from the incident, and Area Three detectives are currently investigating the matter. The Chicago Fire Department additionally confirmed that they received no reports of anyone being shot in the area. Detailed information regarding the situation was not immediately made available by the authorities.