UChicago police are bracing for a violent weekend in the wake of the shooting death of a Black student in Chicago.
The incident happened Saturday evening near the campus of the University of Chicago, and it came at the start of a weekend of riots and unrest in the city, according to UChicago Police Department officials.
The incident prompted the university to issue a curfew for the entire city, which includes the University District and the city’s Loop neighborhood.
The violence broke out when officers responded to a call of a shooting on the 100 block of East 82nd Street just before 10 p.m. local time.
One person was shot, police said.
Two officers responded, but they fired their weapons and were able to subdue the man who was hiding behind a van, police told the Chicago Tribune.
Officers then attempted to get the man, who was in his 20s, to surrender, but he fled the scene.
Officers chased him and were shot, and the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene, the Tribune reported.
A suspect, who police described as a white male, was later identified by Chicago police as 17-year-old Tyree Smith, who had attended the University in the past.
He was taken to a local hospital and later pronounced dead, the Chicago Police Department said.
The university has released a statement about the shooting and its response to the events:”The University of Illinois of Chicago campus is fully aware of the tragic events that have occurred at our campus this weekend and continues to be fully engaged in the response to this violent event,” the statement said.
The incident comes at a time when violence and unrest have been on the rise across the United States. “
The campus is prepared to respond with the appropriate level of security in the best interests of our campus and its community, including increased patrols, additional police presence and increased resources to support the response.”
The incident comes at a time when violence and unrest have been on the rise across the United States.
The number of students at the University is up sharply in recent years, as the number of people living in the Loop has increased and the number who work in the university’s health care facilities has increased.
In April, Chicago Police said more than 400 people were arrested for a series of demonstrations that followed a white police officer shooting a Black man.
In June, President Barack Obama addressed the violence and asked for a federal response to it.
“We cannot allow our schools to be used as breeding grounds for violence, and we cannot allow communities to be turned into havens of hate and division,” Obama said at a rally in Chicago, according the Chicago Sun-Times.