Safety Alerts

From the past 60 days:

April 8, 2018

Update - April 11, 2018 - 11:01 p.m.

Dear Campus,

Peoria Police announce that an arrest has been made in the shooting death of Bradley student Nasjay Murry.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, detectives developed information into the identity of the suspect. An arrest warrant was issued for a 16 year old male. At 7:39 pm, the juvenile suspect was taken into custody without incident in the 2700 block of West Trewyn. He was subsequently arrested for First Degree Murder and transported to the Peoria County Juvenile Detention Center. Due to the age of the arrested, the name will not be released.

Sincerely,

Brian J. Joschko
Chief of Police

Update - April 9, 2018 - 7:13 p.m.

Dear Campus,

Peoria Police and Bradley University Police held a press conference today to recap the recent tragedy that befell the Bradley family this weekend.

Together, we continue to investigate the incident and do not believe there is an ongoing threat to our campus. While no suspects have been identified at this time, all indications are the shooting was targeted and not a random act. Today, Peoria Police said they do not have any concerns about safety on Bradley’s campus and we echo their sentiments.

If you have any information or if you were in attendance, either before or during the shooting, please share your information with police. BUPD can be reached 309-677-2000 or Peoria Police at 309-673-4521. If you wish to remain anonymous, BUPD offers a "Silent Witness" program online at https://www.bradley.edu/offices/other/police/witness/. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at 309-673-9000 with information. Crime Stoppers offers up to a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and indictment.

Additionally, a number of items were left at the scene. All cell phones left behind are at the Peoria Police Department and other property is with the BUPD. Please contact the appropriate department to pick up your belongings.

Sincerely,

Brian J. Joschko
Chief of Police

Update - April 8, 2018 - 4:51 a.m.

This is an update to the shooting Safety Alert issued on April 8, 2018.

Officers responded to a report of shots fired. Upon their arrival, they observed a large number of people fleeing a residence in the 1800 block of West Bradley Avenue. While checking the residence, officers located two victims, an adult male and a female with apparent gunshot wounds. Both victims sustained life threatening injuries and were pronounced deceased at the scene. It is unknown whether the victims are students or have any affiliation with Bradley University.

A third gunshot victim, a female student, was transported to a local hospital with a non life threatening injury.

No suspect information is available.

An investigation is continuing. If you witnessed this incident or have any information, please call Bradley police at 309-677-2000 or Peoria police at 309-673-4521.

Original Alert:

At approximately 1:44a.m., Bradley University Police and City of Peoria Police responded to a report of a shooting off campus in the 1800 block of W. Bradley Avenue, near of the intersection of N. Western Avenue. This is approximately seven blocks west and two blocks south of the Main Street & University Street intersection.

Initial reports are three people were shot. Conditions are unknown at this time. It is unknown whether the victims are students or have any affiliation with Bradley University.

No suspect information is available.

An investigation is continuing. If you witnessed this incident or have any information, please call Bradley police at 309-677-2000 or Peoria police at 309-673-4521.

All Bradley University students, faculty, staff, guests and visitors are reminded to:

  • Report suspicious people immediately to the Bradley Police Department by calling 309-677-2000 or using one of the emergency blue light phones on or near campus.
  • During the hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m., utilize the Hilltop Safety Cruiser program by calling 309-677-2800.
  • Use the Student Patrol or Bradley Police Department escort programs by calling 309-677-2000.
  • Do not leave your property, vehicles, homes or residence hall rooms unsecured.
  • Always remain aware of your surroundings.
  • Walk in pairs or groups, especially during the evening and night.
  • Do not become distracted by talking on your cell phone or listening to music through headphones on a high volume.
  • Travel on well-lit, busy streets and avoid walking through alleys or parking lots.
  • Be aware of places along your path of travel that could conceal a criminal (shrubbery, building recesses, etc.). Avoid or keep a distance from these areas whenever possible.
  • Take note of suspicious vehicles, especially those that appear to be circling the block or driving unusually slow. If you observe a suspicious vehicle, relay its description and location to the Bradley Police Department by calling 309-677-2000 or using one of the emergency blue light phones on or near campus.
  • If you think someone is following you, cross the street, head for a well-populated, well-lit area and contact the Bradley Police Department.
  • If approached, give up your property.

A safety alert is a means to notify students, faculty and staff about incidents that represent a serious or continuing threat to the campus, based on the nature and location of the incident.


 
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