Students attacked, 1 shot near Rush campus

January 27, 2011 4:36:15 AM PST
A search is under way for the suspects who held up two Rush University students, wounding one of them.

It happened Monday night in the 1400 block of West Harrison near the Rush campus.

Police say a 25-year-old man and his girlfriend - both Rush students - were walking together around 7 p.m. Monday when two men tried to rob the couple. The male student kicked one of the robbers who then shot the man in the upper right thigh.

The wounded student was hospitalized and is expected to survive. His girlfriend was not injured.

The university is now offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

News of the shooting left Rush University students and employees feeling unsettled.

"I was pretty nervous and scared. You always hope you're safe when you're at school," said Katy March, Rush student.

"It was shocking because Rush has adequate security. It's a great place to work. It's a safe environment. It was just like shocking," said Larry Williams, Rush employee.

"It just makes you a little more cautious, but not really much has changed. You just have to be safe when you walk around this area," said Irfan Samee, Rush student.

The school alerted students and reminded them that security escorts are always available upon request.

"I try and just cover my bases and just kind of think of all the possibilities that could happen. I'm usually not here that late at night or in the dark, so I try and kind of keep watch wherever I am," said Liz Williams, Rush student.

Chicago police are also investigating another armed robbery which occurred six hours after the incident near Rush and about a mile away near the corner of Roosevelt and Newberry. Police say two female UIC students were sitting in a vehicle when they were robbed by two armed men who then fled on foot.

It's unknown if the incident is related to the earlier shooting.

"Usually when I walk around I make sure I'm with some people or I'm real cautious," said Martin Henry, UIC student.

"There's crime everywhere. People just have to be careful," said Brachie Strauss, UIC student.

In both robbery incidents, police have released only a vague description of the suspects. The offenders involved in that shooting near rush may have left in a white four door Pontiac sedan.