Carjacker told driver, ‘Get out or I’ll shoot you,’ then led police on chase that caused Northwestern University to go into lockdown – NBC Chicago

The driver of a red Mazda was parked outside his home in West Rogers Park on Monday afternoon when a man approached and held a gun to his head.

“Get out or I’ll shoot you,” the shooter said, according to a police report.

The driver got out and saw the speeding carjacker followed by a gray or silver Honda, police said. Minutes later, the Mazda was being chased down Lake Shore Drive and onto Northwestern University’s medical campus, where a lockdown was imposed until a suspect was trapped in a basement.

Police say the 19-year-old left a gun behind when he abandoned the car at 320 E. Superior Street. Charges were pending on Tuesday.

The carjacking happened shortly before 1 p.m. in the 2000 block of West Arthur Avenue. As the stolen car drove south on DuSable Lake Shore Drive, a license plate-reading camera spotted it on Foster Avenue, according to a police report.

When officers caught up with the car thief on Chicago Avenue and locked him in, he dropped a gun on the floor and rushed into the Morton Medical Research Building on Superior, authorities said.

The police lost sight of the man and set up a perimeter. As police searched the building, Northwestern University issued a campus alert: “There is an active threat event on the Chicago campus. Run, hide, fight. Shelter properly. Lock and/or barricade doors.

Police arrested the man about an hour later in the basement of the Ward Building adjacent to 303 E. Chicago Ave., the university said in an alert ending the lockdown.

Chicago police have released a photo of the hijacked vehicle and the suspect’s weapon on a floor.

NBC Chicago

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