WINDOW STRUCK BY BULLET - Comstock Hall
POSTED: November 15, 2011
At 3:55 a.m. on Monday, November 14th, 2011, a window in Comstock Hall was damaged when it was struck by a bullet. The bullet broke two panes of glass and then landed on the window sill. The resident in the room at the time was not harmed.
University of Minnesota Police responded and officers checked the area directly under the damaged window, as well as areas along the Mississippi River and did not find anything out of the ordinary. The damaged window faced south, and the initial investigation indicates that the bullet was likely fired from a distance, most likely on the West Bank of the Mississippi River, and inadvertently struck the building. It is believed this incident was isolated and was not directed at the resident.
The investigation into the incident continues, and anyone with information is asked to call the University of Minnesota Police Department at 612-624-COPS (2677). Reference case number UM-11-343380.
The University of Minnesota Police Department asks that you remember the following:
* An analysis of robberies that have occurred in the area in 2011 show that in at least two of the incidents the victim was on a mobile phone when they were approached from behind by the suspects. Always be aware of your surroundings because when you are distracted you make an easier target.
* When threatened with a weapon, it's best not to resist. Your personal safety is more important than a lost wallet or cell phone.
* Walk in well lit areas and don't walk alone. If you can't find someone to walk with, call the Campus Escort service at 612-624-WALK for a free security escort.
* Carry minimal amounts of valuables.
* Keep written records of valuables, including model and serial numbers, in a safe place.
*Call 911 immediately if you are the victim or witness to a crime.
*Document information about the suspect for police (i.e. clothing descriptions, facial features, piercings or tattoos, speech, etc.).
This Crime Alert is sent in compliance with the federal Clery Act which requires universities to alert the campus community of crimes that may pose an ongoing threat to students and employees. For updates on any developments in this case, please visit the Crime Alerts page on the UMPD website: http://www1.umn.edu/police/alerts.html
For more on campus safety and security, and for a list of campus safety resources available to you, visit the University's Emergency Preparedness Web Site.