Teen charged with shooting boy dead near Chicago’s ‘Bean’ sculpture
A 17-year-old boy has been charged with second-degree murder after a 16-year-old boy was shot and killed near ‘The Bean’ sculpture in Chicago’s Millennium Park, which is one of the most popular tourist attractions from the city.
The shooting prompted a curfew in the park to curb the violence.
Officials said minors would not be allowed in the park after 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday without an adult, but they did not comment on how the curfew will be enforced.
The 17-year-old, who was taken into custody following Saturday night’s shooting, also faces charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and aggravated assault, police said.
He was to appear in juvenile court.
The 16-year-old was shot in the chest near the giant mirrored structure and was pronounced dead in hospital, police said.
Another teenager, who was allegedly armed with a ghost gun – a weapon that has no serial number and cannot be traced – has been arrested in connection with the shooting, police said.
A total of 26 minors and five adults were arrested during the rally in the park on Saturday evening.
A total of eight firearms were confiscated and five arrests were made, police said.
“We must also have zero tolerance for young people carrying guns or settling small disputes with acts of violence,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in a statement.
“We must all condemn this behavior in the strongest possible terms.”
Hundreds of people were at the park earlier on Saturday amid protests across the United States against the recently leaked draft opinion that suggests the Supreme Court is ready to strike down the nation’s abortion rights.
It is unclear whether the teenager who was shot had attended the 1 p.m. protest, but participants had dispersed widely by late afternoon.
The shooting comes amid an upsurge in deadly violence in the city in recent years.
This year, Chicago has recorded 779 shootings and 194 homicides, compared to 898 shootings and 207 homicides during the same period in 2021, according to figures last updated by the Chicago Police Department on May 8.
Chicago and some other US cities reported dramatic spikes in total homicides last year.
Chicago’s 797 homicides in 2021 – its highest toll for a year in a quarter century – eclipsed the totals in the two largest US cities, topping Los Angeles’ tally by 400 and New York’s by almost 300.
The Bean sculpture is a popular tourist attraction in downtown Chicago.
It is officially known as Cloud Gate, but became known as The Bean for its bean-like shape.