A Pakistani student enrolled in Loyola University was fatally shot in Chicago on Friday during an attempted robbery, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Accompanied by his brother, 23-year-old Mutahir Rauf was walking by 1300 block of West Albion Avenue in Roger Park neighbourhood, when he was stopped by two men on foot, a block from the varsity’s campus.
According to police, the robbers pulled out a gun and ordered the brothers to hand over their belongings.
Rauf protested and allegedly tried to grab hold of the gun. He was fatally shot in the head and chest in the scuffle that followed.
The attackers managed to flee the scene unharmed Rauf’s brother reported.
Loyola University verified the incident in a statement on the university’s official website.
"We are deeply saddened by this tragic situation, and we ask that you keep this student’s family in your thoughts and prayers."
No arrests have been made as yet.
In a further update, the university said:
"The Chicago Police Department (CPD) is the lead investigatory agency, and detectives are actively looking for information that will lead to the identification and arrest of the two offenders of this horrific crime. According to the CPD report, the offenders are described as follows:
Offender #1 – male, black, 18-20 years of age, wearing a black ski mask and a black hoodie
Offender #2 – male, black or Hispanic, 18-20 years of age, wearing a black knit cap and a black hoodie"