No arrests after armed woman sparks ‘active threat’ alert on Northwestern University campus in Streeterville

A woman holds a handgun as two other women pull her away from a confrontation near the Northwestern University campus in Streeterville on November 27, 2023. | Provided

CHICAGO — A confrontation between an armed woman and a man resulted in an “active threat” alert on the Northwestern University campus in Streeterville on Monday evening. While the school later claimed “assailants are in custody,” the Chicago Police Department said no arrests were made.

A video shared with CWBChicago and subsequently posted to Twitter showed a woman standing in the 300 block of East Chicago Avenue, apparently leveling a handgun at a man’s head around 9 p.m. A bystander recorded the footage through a window near the scene, but reflections in the glass degraded the quality of the video.

No gunfire was seen or heard in the video, but a witness can be heard asking, “Is she gonna shoot this man?”

“Bro, Chicago is wild man,” the witness continues. “Shorty is crazy.”

The confrontation occurred in the street near a truck or SUV that had its hazard lights flashing. A vehicle alarm is also heard, leading the witness to speculate that the incident may have been related to a “car crash or something.”

Two women who were with the armed woman intervened and pulled her away from the man. A pistol was clearly visible in the woman’s hand as her friends moved her away from the man.

CPD said police responded to a shots fired call and spoke to a person who said there was a “large fight” in the street involving “several unknown individuals,” including a woman who pulled out a handgun and fired one shot. Everyone was gone when the police arrived.

No injuries were reported.

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