Bradley University Police sent an email Thursday afternoon, reporting that at approximately 12:18 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, BUPD and Peoria Police responded to several reports of shots fired in the off-campus area near North Garfield Avenue and West St. James Street.
According to BUPD chief Brian Joschko, there was initially no evidence of shots fired. But after investigation, a juvenile admitted to shooting a handgun out the window of a house.
The email stated that a student discovered a broken window and a stray bullet in their St. James apartment on Thursday; the bullet is believed to have been fired by the juvenile.
No injuries were reported.
Joschko said that because there was no at-large threat to campus, a safety alert was not sent out to the Bradley community.
Joschko said he wanted to emphasize that the message sent out served to clarify details of the incident and was not a safety alert.
“We still thought that it was important in the transparency of the safety surrounding campus and non-campus that we alert the university community as to what happened so that we didn’t have a situation where we had speculation and rumors spreading,” Joschko said.
Joschko said the Peoria Police department will continue any further investigation. Any witnesses are encouraged to contact Bradley Police at 309-677-2000 or Peoria police at 309-673-4521.