Mayor Lori Lightfoot mentioned Monday that she was “not happy” about violence that once more touched downtown Chicago over the weekend and ended with a cancellation of Sunday evening’s efficiency of the play Moulin Rouge.
“We’re working our tails off every single day. Obviously not happy about this weekend,” Lightfoot informed reporters at an unrelated information convention. “Particularly distressing is, again, the number of young people that seemingly are involved in acts of violence. It’s clearly not acceptable and that’s why we’ve got to keep doing the things that we know are working.”
The violence follows a interval of concern amongst hoteliers and restauranteurs who depend on downtown tourism for his or her livelihoods.
Chicago police mentioned six males had been engaged in a drug deal inside a downtown taco restaurant on Sunday when one in all males robbed three others. All six fled the business and one in all the victims fired photographs, placing two bystanders behind the Chicago Theatre simply earlier than 5 p.m.
The victims, two males ages 27 and 55, had been taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the place the youthful man was handled for a wound to his proper hand and the 55-year-old handled for a graze wound to the head.
The capturing led to the cancellation of a manufacturing of the Moulin Rouge play.
Hours earlier, about a mile-and-half north in the metropolis’s Gold Coast, an 18-year-old man was killed throughout a shootout inside the at Sonesta E-S Suites lodge in the 200 block East Walton Street, based on authorities. At a noon information convention Monday, police mentioned ladies renting a room at the lodge let a number of males in by means of an emergency exit
The capturing occurred in an space full of pricey flats and five-star lodges.
“I’m not going to rest and I know the superintendent and the entire department shares my resolve that we’ve got to do more to give people confidence and make them feel safe because they are safe,” Lightfoot mentioned.
“As I’ve said, we’ve made progress this year, but it’s not good enough, and we talked a lot over the course of the weekend and again today about more resources we need to commit to the CTA and making sure people have confidence not only in the CTA but all modes of transport and downtown. We’ve obviously got to step up our efforts,” the mayor mentioned.
Chicago’s central downtown business district, which incorporates the Loop, the Mag Mile and the Gold Coast, has been thought-about one in all the metropolis’s most policed areas due to its place as the metropolis’s largest vacationer and procuring vacation spot, in addition to City Hall.
Safety considerations about downtown have risen since a rash of lootings at high-end shops and lots of extra companies that arose throughout the May 2020 looting spree that occurred following the loss of life of George Floyd.
Chicago police Superintendent David Brown additionally addressed the weekend violence at a press convention Monday.
Homicides and shootings had been down at the finish of April, in comparison with final year, Brown mentioned. The information, coming after a two-year surge in gun violence, was eclipsed, maybe, by the spate of violent shootings in the downtown space over the weekend.
When pushed about what’s driving the violence downtown, Brown spoke of what he sees as a widespread improve in the use of weapons to resolve conflicts.
“Almost everywhere in this country personal conflicts are being resolved with guns,” he mentioned. “I don’t want you to characterize this as a victim downtown is more important than a victim on the West Side or the South Side.”