New videos show widespread fights, heavy pepper spray in moments before shots were fired in Boystown

More videos have emerged showing sporadic fights and the heavy use of pepper spray between some opponents early Monday in the heart of Boystown.

CWBChicago reported yesterday that shots were fired as people tried to escape the effects of pepper spray around 2:13 a.m., following a night of revelry on the day that would usually host the city’s Pride Parade. The parade is postponed until October 3 this year due to COVID.

No one was struck by the gunfire, according to police. But these new videos show several people using large cans of pepper spray during altercations.

One man, blasted directly in the face by a heavy stream of irritant, staggers to the side, where he is beaten to the ground and stomped upon as he lies on a rainbow crosswalk at Roscoe and Halsted. A person goes airborne and slams to the pavement in another clip, thanks to a man’s two-handed shove.

Several ambulances were brought to the area to treat people for various minor injuries. But even the needs of medical workers weren’t enough to dissuade some people from fighting alongside an ambulance.

At least four battery victims walked into nearby Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment, too. No felony arrests were reported in connection with the incidents.

A resident who lives on the 700 block of West Roscoe provided CWBChicago with surveillance camera footage that clearly captured the sound of fourteen gunshots. The gunfire caused the crowd, many already fighting off pepper spray, to make hastier exits from the area.

Contrary to early reports that Chicago police ordered local bars to close due to overcrowding, CWBChicago has learned that CPD did not shutter any businesses. Some, however, chose to close early due to the circumstances outside.

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