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Chaotic looping night ends with 16-year-old shot dead near ‘The Bean’, 2 men injured nearby and 30 arrested – NBC Chicago

A 16-year-old boy was fatally shot Saturday night in Millennium Park and two men were later injured in a separate attack after hundreds of people flooded the Loop, prompting Chicago police to close streets and make mass arrests.

It was the latest in a series of chaotic spring nights in the city as violent crime rose with temperatures.

Police say at least 30 people were taken into custody and several firearms were recovered in connection with the ‘disturbance involving large crowds in the city centre’, which came just three days later. that an unauthorized “takeover” of North Avenue Beach has given way to an equally chaotic one. scene in the Near North Side that did not turn violent.

The situation escalated around 7:30 p.m. Saturday when Seandell Holliday was shot in the chest in the 200 block of East Randolph Street near the iconic “Cloud Gate” statue better known as “The Bean “, according to the police and the cook. Departmental Medical Examiner’s Office. The 16-year-old was rushed to Lurie Children’s Hospital and pronounced dead.

Police said two people were taken into custody for questioning and two weapons were recovered.

The shooting followed another attack on Tuesday night, when a 19-year-old man was shot and injured near ‘The Bean’ while driving a car down the first block of North Michigan Avenue, police said. at the time.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot called Saturday’s fatal shooting near the tourist attraction in the heart of the Loop “totally unacceptable.” She promised to take further action to address a similar “lawlessness” as she offered her condolences to the mother of the slain boy.

“Tonight a mother is grieving, mourning the loss of her child and searching for answers,” Lightfoot said in a statement. “My heart breaks for the mother as she mourns this indescribable loss.”

At the same time, she also urged “parents and guardians to step in, to make sure your children understand the core values ​​of respect and that you take responsibility for knowing where your children are and with whom at all times. they are”.

Later Saturday, as officers attempted to disperse the large crowd moving through downtown, police said two men were injured in a separate shooting in the 300 block of South State Street in less than a mile from “The Bean”. They were part of a group walking in the area around 11:40 p.m. when two people started shooting at them.

One of the men, thought to be between 18 and 20, was punched in the neck and chest and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition, officials said. The other man, 18, was shot in the hand and taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition.

Two minors were taken in for questioning, police said.

On Sunday morning, police issued a preliminary statement saying at least 26 minors and four adults had been arrested in connection with the downtown unrest.

Five of the arrests were for firearms offenses and seven firearms were recovered, police added. At least two officers were injured.

Although Lightfoot noted that “[y]Young people are welcome everywhere in our city,” she stressed, “Community standards require mutual respect, ownership of people and the sanctity of life.”

“We also need to have zero tolerance for young people carrying guns or settling small disputes with acts of violence,” she said. “We must all condemn this behavior in the strongest possible terms and continue to take action against anyone who violates these core community standards.”

Aldus. Raymond Lopez (15th), mayoral candidate and one of Lightfoot mayor’s fiercest critics, said what’s happening in Chicago right now is “beyond disheartening”, not “irreparable”. He insisted that the most pressing issue is the inaction of Lightfoot and other leaders, not “the young people coming downtown”.

“Their individual and collective silence allows this behavior to continue,” Lopez wrote on Twitter Sunday. “We will only change the trajectory of Chicago if people have the courage to speak up.

“If the silent need encouragement, we have the resources to find out where these young people are from, what communities they live in, what politicians represent them,” Lopez wrote. “It has to be about creating and implementing programs to strengthen the family and the values ​​necessary to end this generational cycle of chaos.”