NORTH PARK — Gunfire at the Northeastern Illinois University prompted an active shooting alert and forced students and staff to shelter in place Wednesday morning, but no one was wounded, authorities say.
Police said officers who were on campus responded to the sound of gunfire at 9:34 a.m. in the 3700 block of West Bryn Mawr Avenue.
The officers saw two people drive onto the campus parking lot and people in the cars shot at each other before driving off.
Officers chased the drivers but didn’t catch anyone, police said.
Northeastern community members received a text message alert at 10:40 a.m. telling them to shelter in place due to an “ongoing police investigation” of a possible shooting suspect.
A university spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.
A weapon, spent shells and drugs were found by police in the campus parking lot where the shooting took place, Chicago police said.
Northeastern officials sent an all-clear text alert by 11:47 a.m.
“After an extensive search the suspects are no longer believed to be on campus, report suspicious persons/activity to police. A Targeted Announcement will follow with additional details,” the text said.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Northeastern’s Spring term has more than 90 percent of its classes being conducted remotely.
School officials also have been advising students to only come to campus if they have a face-to-face class or if they have a confirmed appointment to visit a study space in the library or student union.
Employees should come to campus only if they have received approval from their supervisors, and only to perform the duties that cannot be performed remotely, according to the university.
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