Police tonight are investigating the armed robbery of a Kansas University freshman in a residence-hall parking garage.
The robbery happened shortly before 9 p.m. after the student parked her car in the parking garage for Gertrude Sellards Pearson and Corbin halls. A male suspect approached her, brandished a gun and demanded her keys and backpack, then stole her car, said Capt. Schuyler Bailey, a KU Public Safety Office spokesman.
The gun fired once as the suspect got into the car, but it wasn't pointed at the victim and no one was injured, Bailey said. Minutes later, Lawrence Police spotted the car at 6th and Iowa Streets, and the suspect led them on a pursuit that ended when he drove into the dead-end at 12th and Indiana Streets, Bailey said.
As of 10:30 p.m. no arrests had been made but police had two people in custody.
It was at least the third violent crime in the past year in a KU residence-hall parking lot. KU Police have said they plan to install surveillance cameras on Daisy Hill and at GSP/Corbin to make the lots safer, but the cameras aren't in place yet.
For more on this story, see Tuesday's Journal-World.