Murders trigger alert, investigation

By LINDSAY WELBERS
Staff Writer

After two separate murders in the same corner of Hyde Park in under a month, University of Chicago Police Department issued a security alert, and Chicago Police Department is investigating both incidents.

On April 30, 39-year-old Henry Atkins was shot and killed in the hallway of an apartment building on the 5200 block of Harper Avenue. Lewis Galvin, the apartment’s resident, was shot in the hand during the incident.

On May 25, at 1:48 a.m., 29-year-old Gregory Dixon was shot and killed. Chicago Police News Affairs said Dixon buzzed the assailant into the building where he lived on the 1400 block of East 52nd Street. The door to the apartment had been left open, News Affairs said. The assailant shot Dixon multiple times including the head, back, chest and abdomen. CPD is investigating the incident.

News Affairs did say that Dixon had known gang affiliations and said the incident was potentially gang-related.

UCPD Officer Robert Mason said the department is aware of the situation, but would not comment on whether or not there would be more patrols in the area.

Neither victim is associated with the university, UCPD said in a statement.

“These incidents seemed to be targeted at individuals. However, that aside, we always caution people to know who you’re admitting to your building,” Mason said. “Whether a private residence or if it’s an apartment, know who you’re admitting. Don’t buzz strangers into the building until you’ve identified the individual.”

Mason also stressed that any time anybody sees anything suspicious he or she should call 911 or UCPD.

Peter Cassel, director of community development for MAC Property Management, which owns the building where Dixon was shot and killed, declined to speak specifically regarding the incident but sent a statement via e-mail to the Herald.

“MAC Property Management is keenly aware of the ongoing crisis of violence and guns in Chicago and across the country,” Cassel said in the statement.

“In Chicago we actively work with our residents, neighbors, Chicago Police and University of Chicago Police, community leaders and local, state and federal elected officials to uphold best practices in the apartment industry for vital, safe and livable communities.

“We steadfastly participate as a community member to do our part to help vigilantly maintain Hyde Park’s status as one of the safest communities in Chicago.”

l.welbers@hpherald.com