Northwestern Student Fatally Shot in Rogers Park

Courtesy of Tony WebsterVega was a sophomore in the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola.

A Northwestern doctoral student was fatally shot Sunday night on North Clark St. in Rogers Park, according to Chicago Police Department (CPD) news affairs officer Christine Calace.

25-year-old Shane Colombo was waiting at a bus stop when he was caught in an exchange of gunfire between two men near the 7500 block of North Clark St. around 8:25 p.m, police said.

This is the most recent shooting in a series of similar incidents in Rogers Park. In late July, three shootings in two consecutive nights left three hospitalized.

Colombo was taken from the scene in an ambulance and was pronounced dead at Presence St. Francis Hospital, where he died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. 

An email to students from Northwestern officials described Colombo as “a promising student” preparing to enter the university’s Psychology Ph.D. program in the fall.

“This is a terrible loss for our community, and we all feel grief and heartbreak for Shane and his loved ones,” the email said.

The shooting, which occurred close to two miles from Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus, was not within the patrol boundaries of Loyola Campus Safety. Police said no other injuries were reported and no one has been taken into custody. 

Area North detectives are still investigating.

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