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12-year-old girl was shot in the back in a fight involving a large crowd near Millennium Park on Saturday night, police say – CBS Chicago


CHICAGO (CBS) – A 12-year-old girl was shot in the back last weekend in the middle of a scuffle involving a large crowd of downtown youth, police said.

At 8:40 p.m. Saturday, someone fired a shot at a group in the 100 block of North Michigan Avenue, near Millennium Park.

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It was Monday when police learned that a 12-year-old girl had been shot in the back in the incident. She was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago, where she was classified in serious condition.

A total of 21 minors were arrested after large crowds gathered on Saturday night.

At around 9 p.m., the large crowd of young people showed up near Michigan Avenue and Washington Street. Police were controlling crowds after a scuffle broke out in the large group.

During the rally, a 15-year-old boy was also shot in the arm in the 200 block of South Wabash Avenue after running into another teenager. The boy was taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital in good condition.

Earlier, a Chicago Transit Authority bus driver, while inspecting his bus for damage, was pushed and hit by two people. The driver was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in fair condition.

Of the 21 people arrested in connection with the chaos, at least one – a 15-year-old – faces a felony battery charge.

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot spoke out on what needs to change on Monday, while others have their own solutions.

“We shouldn’t have to come to this, but if we do, we will,” she said.

Lightfoot said when the chaos erupted, one tactic the police used was to push people towards trains to return home from Millennium Park where they were gathered.

Second room Ald. Brian Hopkins, who has worked with the Chicago Police Department on Loop Crowd Control in the past, said officers had information about social media influencers hosting this as an event or flash mob. CPD wouldn’t go into details of the deployment, but they had plenty of experience responding to similar crowds as of the weekend of July 4, when officers arrested more than 60 people.

Lightfoot says the real work of solving this problem begins at home.

“These kids have to take responsibility, but I will say parents have to take responsibility,” she said. “Do you know where your child is? Make sure you talk to your kids about how they should behave in a large crowd?

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Zone Three detectives were investigating all incidents on Monday.


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