Mayor Lori Lightfoot enacts weekend curfew after 3 shots, 1 killed near Millennium Park ‘Bean’

CHICAGO (WLS) — Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced a curfew for unaccompanied minors after shootings downtown killed a teenager and injured two others Saturday night.

Effective immediately, unaccompanied minors are not permitted in Millennium Park after 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, Lightfoot said in a statement.

“We, as a city, cannot allow any of our public spaces to become platforms of danger. Anyone entering our public spaces should expect to enjoy them peacefully and should respect and demonstrate community standards of basis of decency. We simply won’t accept anything less,” Lightfoot said, in part. “I call on all parents, guardians, and caring adults to step up at this time and do whatever it takes to to prevent a tragedy like this from happening again and to encourage appropriate behavior when our young people gather anywhere in this great city of ours. .”

Two people were fatally shot in the Loop on Saturday night after a 16-year-old boy was fatally shot near “The Bean”, Chicago police said.

The first shoot took place around 7:30 p.m.

The boy was in the 200 block of East Randolph Street when he was shot in the chest, CPD said.

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He was taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office identified him as Seandell Holliday of Chicago.

At least two persons of interest were interviewed and at least two weapons were recovered, police said. Area detectives are investigating the shooting.

Then, just after 11:40 p.m., an 18- to 20-year-old man and an 18-year-old man were walking down the 300 block of South State Street when two boys fired at the group, police said.

The man, whose age is unknown, was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition with gunshot wounds to his neck and chest. The 18-year-old was taken to Stroger Hospital in fair condition with a gunshot wound to his left hand.

Two boys are questioned and the detectives from area three investigate.

In response to Loop’s first shooting, Mayor Lori Lightfoot released a statement saying:

“Earlier tonight a 16 year old was tragically killed near Millennium Park. This senseless loss of life is completely unacceptable. Tonight a mother is grieving, mourning the loss of her child and searching for answers My heart is breaking for the mother as she mourns this indescribable loss.

“Of course, young people are welcome anywhere in our city, but community standards require respect for one another, ownership of people, and the sanctity of life. Anything less will simply not be tolerated. We must also have zero tolerance for young people carrying guns or settle small disputes through acts of violence. We must all condemn this behavior in the strongest possible terms and continue to take action against anyone who violates these community standards. And I continue to call on parents and guardians to step in, to ensure that your children understand the core values ​​of respect and that you are committed to knowing at all times where your children are and with whom they are.

“We will take further steps to end this lawlessness and will share details as soon as possible of further steps we will take to help prevent such events from happening in the future.”

Police said hundreds of youths were in Millennium Park on Saturday evening and began flooding the surrounding streets. Officers were called in to clear the park.

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Twenty-six children and four adults have been arrested in connection with the incident, Chicago police said. There were five gun arrests and seven guns recovered.

Two officers were also injured.

Police, who have said in recent weeks that they will cancel officers’ days off and send additional resources downtown, have been forced to close the streets surrounding the park.

Superintendent David Brown said today the police department’s current priority is to secure Millennium Park, but admitted there is the possibility of relocation to other downtown locations. These large groups of young people seem to be drawn downtown on weekends, not by chance, but as a result of coordinated efforts to nurture them on social media, he said.

“It’s different,” Brown said. “Our intelligence tells us that there are groups coming together. These young people…we have to deal with how it starts.”

ABC7 spoke to a teenager who said these gatherings were called “trends.” This is when large crowds of young people gather in one place, he says, to “have fun”.

“I’m going to meet a bunch of kids this morning who came to the hostel from all over the world. I’m going to have to tell them more than just ‘don’t get your cell phone out on the red line.’ Now I’m going to have to tell them to be careful all the time. It didn’t happen in the neighborhoods where we usually walk. It now seems so random,” said Paul Nyenhuis, who was at Millennium Park on Saturday night. “Who do these kids come home to at night!? Who are their parents!?”

Nyenhuis said he left as officers tried to restore calm to the Loop, moments before gunshots were heard near the Bean.

“They were just standing, talking randomly…And all of a sudden they started shooting,” said Zarnab Saleem, a witness. “It gets out of control, I would say. I hear it every day, but this time I saw it and felt it. It’s so scary!”

Regular visitors to the park were nervous.

“It’s just a bit uncertain,” Eric Pimentel said. “50/50 chance where I could be safe or not safe.

Police have yet to provide details of the process for identifying unaccompanied minors in Millennium Park.

Lightfoot’s full statement on the new curfew:

“Tragically, a young person – a teenager – lost his life last night in Millennium Park. I suspect that an overwhelming majority of young people who were in the park were there to have a good time and enjoy a summer evening But the scene turned into one of chaos and unnecessary violence.

As a city, we cannot allow any of our public spaces to become platforms of danger. Anyone entering our public spaces should expect to enjoy them peacefully and should respect and exhibit basic community standards of decency. We simply won’t accept anything less.

So, effective immediately, Thursday through Sunday, unaccompanied minors are not permitted in Millennium Park after 6:00 p.m. This new policy will be strictly enforced and violations will be dealt with promptly. All of our residents and visitors under the age of 18 are welcome at the Park during the evening hours as long as they are accompanied by at least one responsible adult.

We will work in partnership with Chicago Public Schools and our other local school systems to fully explain this new policy to students, as well as encourage guardians to ensure their children behave appropriately and safely at all times. .

I also call on the Chicago Police Department to work with our federal partners to expedite firearms traces for all firearms found in the hands of minors and to promptly pursue criminal prosecution of any adults who have provided a firearm to a person under the age of 18. .

As a city, we need to make sure that our young people have safe spaces to gather and that in those spaces they are peaceful and actually safe. I call on all parents, guardians and caring adults to step in at this time and do whatever it takes to prevent a tragedy like this from happening again and to encourage appropriate behavior when our young people come together n anywhere in this great city of ours. We must all model and uphold the respect and peace we expect from our young people at all times.”

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