Video: Looters pillage Mag Mile and Loop in social media-fueled riot

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Hundreds of looters ravaged Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, Rush Street, Oak Street, and Loop shopping districts early Monday after plans to burglarize the stores spread on social media. By sunrise, the looting was spreading to Wicker Park and other neighborhoods, according to police scanner traffic.

A woman live-streams as she loots a department store on the Magnificent Mile early on August 10, 2020. | Facebook

The motive for the crime wave is unclear. Some looters who spoke with CWBChicago reporters pointed to the police shooting of a 20-year-old man in the Englewood neighborhood earlier on Sunday. CPD said officers shot the man after he opened fire on cops who were chasing him.

Looters throw a chunk of concrete at approaching officers. | CWBChicago

“How much more of this did they think we was gonna take,” a woman asked rhetorically as she leaned on a solar-powered trash can while looters threw a patio chair through the window of Salvatore Ferragamo’s flagship store to her right.

“This been coming,” she said.

Police enter the Timberland store moments after looters ran from the retailer. | CWBChicago

Overnight, a source in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office wondered if the social media promotors had another motive.

Dozens of people who were charged with crimes during looting and riots earlier this year are scheduled to make court appearances this morning, the source said. Prosecutors were expected to wrap up most of the cases today with small fines and deferred prosecution deals.

Police make an arrest in the middle of Michigan Avenue as looters try to break into the Niketown store. | CWBChicago

Regardless of their reasons, the destructive power of the looters is clear this morning. Entire shopping malls have been torn apart. Car dealerships have apparently been relieved of inventory. And countless people have been injured, according to preliminary reports.

A police sergeant confiscates a sign pole that looters used to ram a storefront near the Magnificent Mile. | CWBChicago

According to very early information, at least two and possibly three people were reportedly shot in the downtown area during this morning’s mayhem. One confirmed shooting took place near Wabash and Madison, the other near Clark and Hubbard.

In the Loop, cops opened fire on a man who shot at them near Lake and Wabash around 4;30 a.m., a CPD spokesperson said.

Looters try to break into the Salvatore Ferragamo store and Niketown | CWBChicago

The first report of looting downtown came at 11:38 p.m. Sunday when witnesses reported seeing people bail out of cars to burglarize Urban Grocers at 747 South State.

Within 20 minutes, 911 calls and burglar alarm activations were flooding the city’s police dispatch center from across the Michigan Avenue and Rush Street shopping corridors.

Looters successfully crash through the Salvatore Ferragamo store window. | CWBChicago

Patrol officers reported that looters made entry to Water Tower Place. Other looters live-streamed their activities as they pillaged the Mag Mile’s Nordstrom store.

Looters enter the Timberland store | CWBChicago

By 5:15 a.m., the city began raising the downtown bridges to limit the looters’ ability to get around.

Looters run from the Timberland store as police arrive | CWBChicago

CWBChicago will be posting additional updates throughout the morning.

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