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Recent UChicago Graduate Shot and Killed at 54th Place and Ellis Avenue

The victim, Shaoxiong “Dennis” Zheng, graduated with a masters in Statistics this summer.
Recent UChicago Graduate Shot and Killed at 54th Place and Ellis Avenue
Nikhil Jaiswal

A recent graduate of the University of Chicago was shot and killed at about 1:54 p.m. Tuesday afternoon at 956 East 54th Place.

The victim, Shaoxiong “Dennis” Zheng, was struck in the chest, according to the police scanner Rangecast

An email from President Alivisatos said that Zheng graduated from the University with a masters degree in Statistics this summer. He lived in Hong Kong prior to coming to UChicago.

The Chicago Police Department (CPD) confirmed that the victim was on the sidewalk when the offender exited a dark-colored vehicle and demanded property from him. The offender then shot the victim and fled the scene in the vehicle.

The victim was transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 2:13 p.m.

The incident is different from the nearby shooting at East 53rd Street and South Harper Avenue around 12:10 p.m., which was reported to the University of Chicago Police Department and communicated to students in an email. No casualties were reported in that incident. 

The University did not respond to immediate inquiries at the time of publication. 

Update, November 9, 4:40 p.m.: This story was updated to include new information from the University and the Citizen app.

Update, November 10, 5:15 p.m.: This story was updated to include new information from the University regarding the victim's identity.

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Yiwen Lu, 2022-2023 Managing Editor
Yiwen Lu is a member of the class of 2023 and studied economics and political science. Before becoming the managing editor of The Maroon, she was a news editor and reporter. She has been on The Maroon since the winter quarter of her first year at UChicago. Besides The Maroon, she has interned at The Washington Post, USA Today, NBC Chicago, and The Charlotte Observer. She enjoys rock climbing and hanging out with her hamster in her free time.
Nikhil Jaiswal, Co-Editor-in-Chief
Nikhil Jaiswal is a member of the Class of 2024 from Connecticut. He has worked for The Maroon since 2020, starting as a reporter  and then working as an editor in the News section; covering a range of topics but with a focus on breaking news, rallies, and labor movements. You can find his writing here on The Maroon’s website and live coverage written by him and other members of the News section on the @NewsMaroon twitter account. In his free time, Nikhil enjoys getting free merch on campus. Send tips to nikhildjaiswal@protonmail.com
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