Hyde Park

University of Chicago Grad Dies After Attempted Armed Robbery in Hyde Park: Police

A 24-year-old man was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon after an attempted armed robbery in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood, according to authorities.

In the 900 block of East 54th Place at approximately 1:54 p.m., the man was on the sidewalk when a vehicle pulled up and another man exited, produced a gun and demanded property, police said.

The man fired shots at the 24-year-old, striking him in the chest, according to police.

Officials said the man re-entered the vehicle and headed west on 54th Place.

The 24-year-old was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The man was a recent graduate of the University of Chicago, the school confirmed Monday.

"We are working with the Chicago Police Department to gather more facts about the case, and the University of Chicago Police Department is immediately increasing patrols near campus. While we have not had any indication that this is an active incident, we encourage you to be vigilant and exercise caution. This is devastating news for our entire community. We will keep you informed as we know more about this incident," the school said in a statement.

Police said Area One Detectives are investigating.

Also in Hyde Park on Tuesday, Congressional candidate and anti-violence activist Jahmal Cole said that he was shot at "in broad daylight" on 53rd Street.

“I’m not sure if I was an intended target today, or if it was a random shooting,” he said in an Instagram post. “This is how they get down nowadays. Regardless, this is unacceptable and the people of the First District deserve better.”

Cole says that he suffered superficial injuries after diving under a car, but said that he had thought initially that he had been shot in the neck.

According to Chicago police, multiple gunshots were fired just after noon in the 1500 block of East 53rd Street. The gunshots did not strike any victims, but damaged multiple vehicles and hit two businesses, authorities said.

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