Concordia campus stable after domestic-related lockdown

River Forest police investigating "difficult" Oct. 17 domestic violence disturbance

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By Nona Tepper

River Forest Police responded about 6 p.m. on Oct. 17 to a domestic disturbance at Concordia University Chicago Christopher Center, according to a university release. The campus was placed on lockdown about 20-minutes later.

The incident involved a woman who was attending a "domestic violence event" and a male assailant, said Eric Matanyi, spokesman for Concordia. He said neither were students, faculty or staff. "They are members of the larger external community," he said.  The victim refused medical attention.

The man fled 7400 Augusta St. on foot. During that time, police received a separate call saying a Concordia student heard "loud noises" in a residence hall. Officers searched the residence hall and determined the sounds were not gunfire or related to the domestic incident.

Concordia remained on lockdown until 9:58 p.m., "when the River Forest Police Department indicated that there was no longer a threat to campus its students, faculty, staff or visitors [sic]," the release said. The release noted there is also no ongoing threat to the village of River Forest.

River Forest police consider this an ongoing criminal investigation and continue to look for the man involved in the situation, the release said. Police Chief James O'Shea did not immediately respond to an interview request.

In a statement, outgoing Concordia President Daniel Lee Gard called the incident "challenging," "complicated" and "difficult." He encouraged the university community to lean on Concordia Ministry staff and the counseling center for support. 

"I am thankful to the Lord that, as difficult as the evening was, our campus community was not endangered. His hand of protection has indeed been upon us," Gard said in a statement.

--Nona Tepper

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Brian Slowiak  

Posted: October 23rd, 2018 11:05 AM

What was there to loose? Error on the side of caution. Plus, this might have been an on field or line not just a staff practice event. For the life of me, I can not recall the Federal Government Emergency Plan that is used and must be practiced. Plus the plan supposedly can be cut down or reshaped to fit any event, parade,disturbance inclement weather event. If the Federal plan is followed or placed into action losses and wages may be picked up by The Federal Government.

Robert Zeh  

Posted: October 23rd, 2018 7:14 AM

Given the facts in the article ?" no guns, a "domestic violence event" a lock down was an over reaction. It also didn't catch the guy. It just inconvienced a lot of people.

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