By Tim McNicholas

CHICAGO (CBS) — A student is in custody after stabbing another student at East-West University in the South Loop on Tuesday just after 1 p.m.

According to Chicago police, a 42-year-old male stabbed a 20-year-old male victim in the upper back with a knife inside an academic facility in the 800 block of south Michigan Avenue.


Chicago police responded to East-West University at 8th and Michigan on April 16, 2019, after a student stabbed a classmate. (Credit: CBS)

The victim was taken to Northwestern Hospital in critical condition.

The offender was taken into custody and charges are pending.

Area Central Detectives are investigating.

East-West University has 400 enrolled students and according to the university is the only majority-minority four year college in Illinois.

A student told CBS 2 he was sitting in a biology class when the two students started arguing. He heard the the 42-year-old student tell the other student, “if you smack me I will kill you.”

The witness said the 20-year-old student responded by “smacking” him and he then ran down a staircase and fell.

The witness said that’s when the 42-year-old stabbed the 20-year-old.

Tim McNicholas