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2 Teens Shot After Mob Of Rowdy Teenagers Clashed With Cops Near Downtown Chicago's Millennium Park

2 Teens Shot After Mob Of Rowdy Teenagers Clashed With Cops Near Downtown Chicago’s Millennium Park

A massive mob of rowdy teenagers clashed with cops near downtown #Chicago’s Millenium Park on Saturday night, leaving two teens wounded and at least one bystander beaten.

The unruly mob erupted in violence — trashing property, smashing windshields and torching cars while attacking at least one motorist — forcing cops to escort tourists to safety, WFLD-TV News reported Sunday.

Chicago police said two teens — 16 and 17 years old — were wounded by a gunman in the crowd, the outlet reported. The violence came a day after a 14-year-old boy was shot during another outburst of teen violence at 31st Avenue Beach.Police reported one arrest in that incident.

 

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On Saturday, hundreds — and possibly thousands — of teenagers massed in the Chicago Loop around 9 p.m. after social media posts called for a meetup near Millennium Park, WMAQ-TV in Chicago reported.

“Last night CPD monitored activity happening across the city and officers were in place to quickly respond to active incidents and large gatherings,” police said in a statement. “We will continue to have sufficient resources in place as we work to strengthen safety in every neighborhood.”

Many youngsters tried to get into the park but were turned away at checkpoints that barred anyone under 21 who wasn’t accompanied by an adult, the outlets reported.

“It’s heartbreaking,” one witness told the station. “Kids fighting, chasing each other. Some of them got guns. It’s really heartbreaking when one of them actually gets hurt, and that’s unfortunate.”

One woman whose car was damaged by the mob reported her husband was beaten while sitting in the passenger seat, and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The two teens shot in the melee were also taken to the hospital, and were in fair condition.

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