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Northwestern University orders shelter-in-place after Chicago-area beach shooting leaves 1 dead, 2 injured

Three teenagers were shot at a beach near Northwestern University's Evanston, Illinois, campus on Wednesday night. One died, one was in critical and the other suffered minor injuries.

A shooting at a Chicago-area breach Wednesday night prompted Northwestern University to order the school’s Evanston, Illinois, campus to shelter-in-place.

Evanston Police said three male teenagers where shot at Clark Street Beach near the school’s campus around 8:30 p.m. local time. An 18 or 19-year-old was killed, a 15-year-old was left in critical condition and another 15-year-old suffered a minor gunshot wound. 

Police clarified that the victims were not students or affiliated with Northwestern University and the shooting did not happen on campus.


Northwestern said the shelter-in-place order was lifted around 10 p.m. local time after police said the suspects were no longer in the area. 

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“The emergency near the Evanston Campus has been lifted and is all clear. There is no danger to life safety at this time and no longer a need to shelter in place,” the school wrote on Twitter.

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Police said they are searching for two offenders that fled on foot and then in a vehicle.

Police said no suspects were in custody as of Wednesday night.

“The incident does not appear to be a random act,” Evanston PD tweeted. “Even though there is no indication of danger to the public EPD advises caution and to report anything suspicious.”

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Northwestern’s Evanston campus is about 14 miles north of downtown Chicago.

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