Magnificent Mile Mayhem: Chaos Erupts in Downtown Chicago With Looting, Gunfire

August 10, 2020 - 8:05 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chaos erupted in downtown Chicago early Monday morning, with reports of looting and property damage, as well as shots fired at and by police.

The unrest began around 12:20 a.m. Monday, when police were called to reports of a mob scene on Michigan Avenue. Videos posted to social media showed large crowds breaking windows and entering stores along the Magnificent Mile.

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Gun shots could be heard throughout the downtown area as police responded to the scene of widespread looting and property damage.

Just before 5 a.m., Chicago police confirmed an officer did exchange gunfire with a suspect early Monday morning near Michigan Avenue and Lake Street. According to CPD spokesperson Tom Ahern, someone fired shots at responding officers and police returned fire.

According to CPD spokesperson Tom Ahern, someone fired shots at responding officers and police returned fire.

No officers were injured and it was not immediately clear whether anyone was hit, Ahern said in a tweet.

The incident happened shortly before 4 a.m. and no one was hit by gunfire, according to Civilian Office of Police Accountability spokesman Ephraim Eaddy. COPA will investigate the shooting.

According to Chicago Fire Department officials, a security guard was wounded in a shooting shortly before 4 a.m. in the 400 block of North Clark Street. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

Officials also said a second man was shot at about 2 a.m. near Madison and Wabash. He was also taken to Northwestern in critical condition.

The CTA suspended all bus and train service downtown "at the request of public safety officials," the transit agency said in a tweet. No buses or trains will run in the area bordered by Fullerton and Ashland avenues and Cermak Road.

City officials also raised all downtown bridges, except the LaSalle Street Bridge, over the Chicago River around 4:30 a.m., preventing further entry into and exit from the downtown area. Illinois State Police confirmed around 5 a.m. that Chicago police asked for assistance in blocking all expressway ramps going in and out of the city's Loop: from Cermak to I-55, I-94 from Roosevelt to Division and Congress Parkway from I-290.

Chicago police have yet to issue any formal statement about the incident, but Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown and Mayor Lori Lightfoot are scheduled to discuss overnight crime in the downtown area at a news conference at 8 a.m. You can listen live to both news conferences on WBBM Newsradio.

Many businesses in the downtown area had just reopened weeks after several stores and buildings were looted and vandalized following the unrest after the protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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