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Shooting near Priory Campus

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A 29-year-old woman was killed Monday, July 11 at approximately 10:22 p.m. in the public parking lot adjacent to Dominican’s Priory Campus, according to River Forest police reports. This is the first homicide in River Forest since 2005, police said.

Chervon Alexander was shot repeatedly, according to River Forest Deputy Chief Craig Rutz, who said there are currently three suspects. According to Rutz, Alexander and a man were in a car parked in the parking lot when someone from another car shot her and then returned to the vehicle another person was driving. The man who was in the car with Alexander then called police, who Rutz said were there in about 90 seconds. With the help of witness testimony, police arrested two suspects about four minutes late, Rutz said. These two men as well as the man who was in the car with Alexander are “about to be charged,” Rutz said Wednesday, July 13 since it may have been a set-up.

Rutz said the homicide was unusual not only because it is the first in River Forest since 2005, but also because there was live ammunition found at the scene of the crime as well as spent shells. “I’ve never seen a scene with live ammunition,” Rutz said.

Police will be much more aggressive in checking people in parked cars now in response to the homicide, Rutz said. “It may not have happened here if there had been more aggressive car checks,” he said.

Dominican University’s Assistant Dean, Director of Residence Life and Chair of the Emergency Response Team Robert Babcock sent an email to the Dominican University community Tuesday morning stating that River Forest police stated this incident did not involve Dominican University students and there is no danger to the Dominican community.

Norah Collins, the associate dean of students at Dominican, emailed Dominican parents Tuesday afternoon, stating: “While this shooting is definitely an isolated incident, we continue to encourage our students to be aware of their surroundings. We believe that our campus is a safe environment. Due to our relatively small size and relationship-centered focus, emergency situations receive senior-level support and attention from the moment they are reported.”

Rutz said he would like the Dominican University community to know that he will gladly talk to anyone about the attack to answer questions. Please also consult Dominican’s Director of Public Information Jessica Mackinnon with any Dominican-specific inquiries.

This article will be updated as soon as any new information is received.

For more information, here are links to relevant articles:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-river-forest-murder-20110713,0,5302761.story

http://www.austinweeklynews.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=3316

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=8245409

 

 

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