In what appears to be a coordinated attack, dozens of stores, banks and other businesses were broken into across downtown Chicago. The looting spread from the Loop, up to the Near North Side.
Starting at around 11 p.m. Sunday and into morning, multiple are cars parked on the streets as people ran out and broke into stores.
On the South Side, chaos erupted after police shot a suspect. Officers shot and wounded a suspect who was firing at them, crowds gathered about an hour later and that led to tense moments with police.
Chicago Police Depratment Superintendent. David Brown confirmed the looting was a coordinated response to the shooting.
Bridges were closed to traffic and expressway ramps leading into the downtown area are also shut down.
At one point, police were making an arrest, when somebody drove past and shot at the nofficers. Police returned fire, but No officers were injured.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot addressed the public with Gov. JB Pritzker and said the unrest does not require the National Guard. Pritzker said state police were deployed overnight.
“Criminals need to be held accountable,” Pritzker said. “These were criminals… this is criminal activity.”
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