Boy, 16, shot and killed near ‘The Bean’ during ‘large group’ incident downtown

Note: A full update on this shooting and subsequent events, including video, is available here.


A 16-year-old boy was shot and killed near The Bean in Millennium Park during a “large group” incident Saturday evening, according to Chicago police. “At least two persons of interest” are being questioned and “at least two” guns were recovered, according to a CPD media statement.

Police leaders declared a mass arrest situation in Millennium Park and the Loop as they tried to contain a large group of mostly teenagers that flocked to the area this evening.

Police respond to one of the first fights near Millennium Park during a “large group” incident on May 14, 2022. | Citizen

Saturday’s problems began when officers reported teenagers fighting near Cloud Gate, the sculpture commonly called “The Bean,” around 6:40 p.m. Fights continued to break out for about an hour.

The boy was shot in the chest at 7:30 p.m. and taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. Officers were very close to the shooting scene. Police very quickly made one arrest and recovered a handgun from the subject at Michigan and Madison, according to police radio transmissions.

Police closed Millennium Park at 8 p.m. and are trying to clear the group from the surrounding area.

CWBChicago will continue to follow this developing story.

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