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Police Shooting, Roosevelt Road

Police shot and wounded two people in the 4400 block of West Roosevelt Road, in one of two police-involved shootings overnight. (Credit: CBS)

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Updated 1/25/11 – 6:44pm

CHICAGO (STMW) — A $10,000 reward is being offered after a Rush University medical student was shot during a robbery attempt Monday night near the Near West Side campus.

The 25-year-old man was shot just after at 7 p.m. in the 1400 block of West Harrison Street, police News Affairs Officer Ronald Gaines said.

Police said the man and his girlfriend, who university officials confirmed were both Rush University medical students, were walking east on Harrison from Ashland Avenue when two men dressed in dark clothing came out of a parking lot and approached them, an alert from Harrison Area detectives said.

The men grabbed the victim by his shoulder and said, “Don’t move,” but the victim instead kicked one of the men in order to escape. The man who was kicked then fired a shot, striking the victim in the right thigh, the alert said.

The victim was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County with a gunshot wound to the upper thigh, police said. He was listed in “stable” condition early Tuesday.

Rush University Medical Center officials on Tuesday said they are working with police in the investigation into the assault involving two students. Rush is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, spokeswoman Sharon Butler said.

“While the neighborhood of our campus is considered by the Chicago Police Dept. to be a low crime area, unfortunately, crime does occur,” she said.

The offenders are three black men, two believed to be in their 20s. One is 5-foot-6 and 130-170 pounds with a dark complexion. He was wearing a black skull hat and black jacket. Another offender was 5-foot-8 and 130-170 pounds with a dark complexion. He was wearing a black puffy jacket.

Police had no description of the third offender, who was believed to be the driver. The three fled in a four-door sedan, possibly a Pontiac, the alert said.

Anyone with information should call detectives at (312) 746-8251.

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