A curfew banning unaccompanied minors has been put in place to curb violence after a 16-year-old boy was shot and killed near ‘The Bean’ sculpture in downtown Chicago’s Millennium Park , which is among the city’s most popular tourist attractions.
CHICAGO — A curfew banning unaccompanied minors will be put in place to curb violence after a 16-year-old boy was fatally shot near “The Bean” sculpture in downtown Millennium Park. Chicago, which is among the city’s most popular tourist attractions, city officials said. Sunday.
Police said the teenager was shot in the chest around 7.30pm on Saturday near the giant mirrored structure. Police did not immediately release the teenager’s name.
He was taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.
Officials announced Sunday afternoon that minors will not be allowed in the park after 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday without an adult. Officials have not commented on how the curfew will be enforced.
Police also say a 17-year-old was taken into custody after the shooting and a gun was found on the teenager. Charges are pending.
Another teenager, who was allegedly armed with a ghost gun – a weapon that has no serial number and cannot be traced – has been arrested in connection with the shooting, police said.
A total of 26 minors and five adults were arrested during the rally in the park on Saturday evening. A total of eight firearms were confiscated and five arrests were made, police said.
“This senseless loss of life is completely unacceptable,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in a statement. “Tonight a mother is grieving, mourning the loss of her child and searching for answers.”
She said further steps will be taken “to help prevent such events from happening in the future”, adding that details will be provided at a later date. His press release referred to young people coming to the city center, but did not give details.
“We must also have zero tolerance for young people carrying guns or settling small disputes with acts of violence,” the mayor’s statement said. “We must all condemn this behavior in the strongest possible terms.”
Hundreds of people were at the park earlier on Saturday amid protests across the United States against the recently leaked draft opinion that suggests the Supreme Court is ready to strike down the nation’s abortion rights. It is unclear whether the teenager who was shot had attended the 1 p.m. protest, but participants had dispersed widely by late afternoon.
The shooting comes amid an upsurge in deadly violence in the city in recent years. This year, Chicago has recorded 779 shootings and 194 homicides, compared to 898 shootings and 207 homicides during the same period in 2021, according to figures last updated by the Chicago Police Department on May 8.
Chicago and some other US cities reported dramatic spikes in total homicides last year. Chicago’s 797 homicides in 2021 – its highest toll for a year in a quarter century – eclipsed the totals in the two largest US cities, topping Los Angeles’ tally by 400 and New York’s by nearly 300.
“The Bean” sculpture is a popular tourist attraction in downtown Chicago. It is officially known as “Cloud Gate”, but it became known as “The Bean” for its bean-like shape.