Gun violence threat closes University of Chicago campus

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Courtesy of University of Chicago

CHICAGO —¬†Federal authorities say a suspect is in custody related to a threat at the University of Chicago that led to the school canceling all classes and activities scheduled for Monday on its main campus.

Joseph Fitzpatrick, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago, says the individual is in federal custody and that charges are pending “in connection with the threat at the University of Chicago.”

He provided no additional details.

The University of Chicago shut down its campus after learning of an anonymous online threat of gun violence said to be planned for Monday.

The school said Sunday that FBI counterterrorism officials informed the school of a threat specifically of a shooting on “the campus quad” at 10 a.m. Monday.

“Based on the FBI’s assessment of this threat and recent tragic events at other campuses across the country, we have decided in consultation with federal and local law enforcement officials, to exercise caution by canceling all classes and activities on the Hyde Park campus through midnight on Monday,” the school said in a statement.

The school asked students and nonessential staff to stay away from campus. Students in college housing were asked to stay inside.