Student Attacked: I Was Victim of Hate Crime Last Week

October 10, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Chicago Sun-Times,101008attack.article

A student who says she was attacked by a masked gunman at Elmhurst College Thursday night was the target of anti-Muslim graffiti a week ago, authorities say.

The west suburban campus was placed on lock-down after the attack, which occurred between 8:30 and 8:45 p.m. in a basement bathroom of the Schaible Science Center, Elmhurst College spokesman Charley Henderson said.

“She's OK. She left the campus under her own power last night,” Henderson said, adding that college officials were getting conflicting reports of injuries.

The student — who is Muslim — reported being struck by the masked gunman but but no shots were fired, Henderson said. The attacker was described as a white male, about 5-foot-8 and wearing a ski mask.