Austin woman fatally shot in River Forest
By MEGAN DOOLEY
A 29-year-old Austin woman was fatally shot Monday night on a university campus in west suburban River Forest.
Chervon Alexander, of the 1300 block of North Mayfield in Chicago, was pronounced dead at approximately 11:04 p.m., Monday, July 11 at Loyola Medical Center. Three individuals are in custody following the shooting in a parking lot near Dominican University in River Forest, according to police in that area.
The victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds, a spokesperson from the Cook County Medical Examiner's office said. According to a River Forest Police Department press release, the shooting occurred at 10:22 p.m., in Priory Park, on the 7200 block of Division. Officers and firefighters called to the scene attempted to save the woman's life; she was later transported to a Loyola Medical Center.
The suspects were picked up about four minutes later at Madison and Harlem by Oak Park and Forest Park police officers. A weapon was also recovered. According to the police statement, when River Forest officers arrived at the scene, a witness informed them that a woman had been shot by a man who fled eastbound on Division in a gray vehicle. River Forest police immediately broadcast the information, which led to the traffic stop where the suspects were taken into custody.
River Forest Deputy Chief Craig Rutz said River Forest police are unable to give further details on the investigation. Alexander was a resident of North Mayfield in the Austin community, and neither the victim nor the suspects were Dominican University students.
Two of the individuals in custody are considered suspects while a third is considered a "person of interest." One of the suspects is a resident of the City of Blue Island in Cook County; the other two are residents of Chicago. No further details about their identities were available have been given by police.
Dominican University issued a statement on their website outlining details of the shooting.
"According to River Forest Police, this incident did not involve Dominican University students and there is no danger to the Dominican community-Our prayers are with the family of the victim," the statement read.
According to the police statement, the suspects and several witnesses to the incident are being interviewed by Assistant State's Attorneys; no charges have yet been filed.
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