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Northwestern PhD student killed in Rogers Park  by stray bullet

Northwestern PhD student killed in Rogers Park by stray bullet

Six people were killed and another 28 wounded in shootings across Chicago this Labor Day weekend.

One of the six killed was a doctoral student at Northwestern University who was struck by a stray bullet.

The student, identified as 25-year-old Shane Colombo, a native of Sun City, California, was in the 7600 block of North Clark Street in the Rogers Park neighborhood at about 8:25 p.m. Sunday when he was caught in crossfire between two people, Chicago police said. A statement from the university said Colombo was waiting at a bus stop.

Colombo, who had only been in Chicago for a few hours, was struck in his abdomen and was taken to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, where he was pronounced dead at 9:02 p.m., according to police.

According to his mother and fiancé, he had just moved into their new condo and spoke with his fiancé via Skype moments before he decided to do running errands and explore his new city.

Area North detectives are conducting a homicide investigation. No arrests have been made so far and no one was taken into custody. Chicago police have released surveillance photos of three suspects wanted in connection with the killing, who were caught running away from the scene Sunday night.

Shane’s mother says her son was a cancer survivor who was set to start a clinical PhD program at Northwestern on a full ride scholarship.