Widespread violence and looting erupted in downtown Chicago after a police-involved shooting that left a man injured.
Hundreds of people poured into the streets in the wee hours of Monday morning, and police said they smashed windows, looted stores, confronted law enforcement, according to the Chicago Tribune. At one point, people exchanged gunfire with officers,
The chaos began shortly after midnight as vandals ran through stores such as Nordstrom, Walgreens, Macy’s, Coach, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton, Fox News reported. Videos posted to social media showed a large police presence in some places as well as looting.
Looting continues in downtown Chicago as of 5:45am. These people are coming out of the Block 37 mall on Randolph west of State Street. Looting has been going on all over downtown and the Magnificent Mile since around midnight. Police are all over the place. @WBBMNewsradio pic.twitter.com/qrBwm8KCZX
— Bernie Tafoya (@BernieTafoya) August 10, 2020
Near Michigan Avenue and Lake Street before 5 a.m., shots were fired at police, who returned fire. Chicago police spokesman Tom Ahern said no officers were injured, but also noted it was unclear if anyone else was hurt.
Chicago Transit Authority suspended their morning services in some areas at the request of law enforcement officials. City officials raised bridges across the Chicago River except for one to allow for emergency vehicle access.
— Vi Nguyen (@ViNguyen) August 10, 2020
On Sunday, Chicago police shot and injured a gun-wielding man who fired shots at the officers during a pursuit, according to Fox 32, a local Chicago affiliate.
“During the foot pursuit, the offender turned and fired shots at the officers. The officers then returned, discharging their weapon,” said Deputy Chief Tally.
Neighbors became angry and started protesting against law enforcement. Authorities said this began after a false rumor that police shot and wounded a young child.
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