Chicago’s Northwest Campus ‘active threat’ ended after carjacking suspect attended hospital, arrested in Ward Building basement

CHICAGO (WLS) — The Chicago campus of Northwestern University was briefly closed Monday when police pursued a carjacking suspect into a medical school building.

Police say a 19-year-old carjacking suspect fled from a traffic stop and into a medical school building in the 300 block of E. Superior Street around 1:30 p.m. , triggering a lockout.

A text alert sent to Northwestern staff and students on Monday afternoon warned them to “run, hide, fight”, “shelter properly” and “lock and/or barricade doors”.

Chicago police said officers began following the suspect after a carjacking in the 2000 block of W. Arthur in north Chicago around 12:48 p.m.

Officers chased the vehicle down DuSable Lake Shore Drive before police said the suspect abandoned the car near Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

As officers chased him on foot, witnesses said they saw a man rush into a Starbucks and run up the stairs toward the medical school.

“This guy came running down the street with one shoe off – he looked like he screwed up,” witness Sean Fannin said. “He ran inside the building and up the stairs, and it connects to the hospital here. And then we saw the policeman come in behind him with the gun drawn, out. And there are doctors, students and people walking around and all that. It was wild.

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“He hit the doors there, went up the stairs, went through the doors there, went back down to the basement,” witness Edwin Jimenez said. “That’s when SWAT came in and emptied the building. They ran straight for the sergeant.”

It’s unclear if the suspect was armed at the time, but CPD spokesman Tom Ahern tweeted a photo of a gun that police recovered from the stolen vehicle.

Northwestern tweeted that the “active threat” on campus was over around 2:20 p.m. According to the tweet, the suspect was apprehended in the basement of the Ward Building.

Video showed officers pulling the suspect out of medical school in handcuffs.

“Horrible,” Jimenez said. “I’m glad they caught him. Finally we have a carjacker in the street.”

Police said charges against the suspect are pending. No injuries were reported.

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