Gun Fight Between Cops and Looters In Downtown Chicago As Violence Erupts In City In Early AM

Chicago descended into chaos in the late-night hours of Sunday that continued into the morning rush hour as the mayor was forced to raise the bridges and shut down the financial district.

Hundreds of people looted through the Magnificent Mile, the world-famous shopping district, and other parts of downtown Chicago.

They smashed and grabbed as they went shattering windows, looting stores, and even at one point going full wild west and shooting it out with the cops. Mayor Lori Lightfoot does not know what she is doing and needs to resign or be recalled.


From The AP:

Hundreds of people smashed windows, stole from stores and clashed with police early Monday in Chicago’s Magnificent Mile shopping district and other parts of the city’s downtown.

At one point, shots were fired at police and officers returned fire, police spokesman Tom Ahern said on Twitter. No officers were injured in the shooting.

It wasn’t immediately clear what led to the unrest, which began shortly after midnight, but anti-police graffiti was seen in the area. Hours earlier, dozens of people had faced off with police after officers shot and wounded a person Sunday in the city’s Englewood neighborhood, located about 10 miles (16 kilometers) away.

Asked for updates on the situation, Ahern told The Associated Press in an email that police planned to hold a news conference Monday morning.

Along the Magnificent Mile, people were seen going in and out of stores carrying shopping bags full of merchandise as well as at a bank, the Chicago Tribune reported, and as the crowd grew vehicles dropped off more people in the area.

One officer was seen slumped against a building, several arrests were made and a rock was thrown at a police vehicle, the newspaper said. Police worked early Monday to disperse the crowds.

There was a large police presence Monday morning outside an Apple store located north of Chicago’s downtown area. Blocks away, debris was strewn in parking lots in front of a Best Buy and a large liquor store.