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Montrose Beach riot in Chicago: 10 arrested, 4 police officers injured

Photo by Scott Paulson
Photo by Scott Paulson
Chicago Police Department responds to riot near Montrose Harbor on city's North Side on July 13, 2014.

The violence continued in Chicago this past weekend with a major incident occurring near Montrose Harbor Beach on Sunday, according to WLS-AM radio station and a Chicago Tribune report on Monday. Reportedly, ten persons were arrested during a riot at the North Side location along Lake Michigan. Additionally, it is reported that four police officers were injured and one police vehicle was damaged. The incident was reported in the early evening on Sunday when a person called 911 and said that someone had been hit with a bottle.

Shortly after, another 911 call stated that a fight was taking place in the same location. Some 50 persons were reportedly involved in the fight. Shortly after 7:30 p.m., the Chicago Police Department’s 20th District stated that a gunman was in a large group near the intersection of Simonds Drive and Wilson Avenue. The incident near that location grew quickly. Two women, aged 21 and 48, were injured in the shooting and were taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in serious condition.

By 7:45 p.m., police were heard saying that the people were throwing things at them and they requested more backup. They were told immediately to get out of the park. Moments later, police reported that their vehicle had been damaged. The following communications between officers on the scene revealed that an officer had been hit with a bottle and was bleeding.

Authorities gave police officers instructions to shut down all roads into Lake Michigan’s lakefront from Foster to Montrose. According to Crime in Boystown, police backup from outside the 19th District went back to their assigned duties by 9 p.m. The lakefront near Montrose Harbor was to stay closed throughout the night by police orders.

The Chicago Tribune also report that 15 people were hurt by gunshots in just 9 hours across the city on Sunday. One man was shot near Wrigley Field. Two women were wounded at the lakefront park. Three men were injured in a Northwest Side attack as well. From Sunday afternoon through early Monday morning, Chicago police officers answered at least 12 separate shootings on the South, West, North, and Northwest Sides of Chicago.

Other shootings occurred at 2 a.m. on Monday in the 3100 block of North Sheffield Avenue on the North Side. Also, another one occurred in the 10600 block of South Champlain Avenue on the South Side at approximately 2 a.m. as well. About a half-an-hour before those shootings occurred, someone was shot in the 7800 block of South South Chicago Avenue on the South Side.

Other shootings that occurred earlier in the night happened on the 6900 block of South Peoria and the 8800 block of South Princeton Avenue on the South Side, the 4300 block of North Drake Avenue on the Northwest Side, the 2500 block of West Huron Street and the 4800 block of Washington Boulevard on the West Side, in the 4500 block of North Broadway on the North Side, the 100 block of East 121st Place on the Far South Side, and the 500 block of South Independence Boulevard on the West Side. These shootings follow 82 shootings that occurred last weekend during the Fourth of July weekend in Chicago.

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