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Weekend party ban instituted for unaccompanied minors at Millennium Park – NBC Chicago

Under new guidelines issued by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, unaccompanied minors will be banned from Millennium Park on weekend nights after a 16-year-old boy was fatally shot near ‘The Bean’ on Saturday night .

The new rule will take effect immediately and will prohibit unaccompanied minors under the age of 18 from visiting the park after 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

“This new policy will be strictly enforced and violations will be addressed promptly,” Lightfoot said in a statement.

Lightfoot also said his administration would partner with Chicago Public Schools to “fully explain this new policy to students.”

“As a city, we need to make sure that our young people have safe spaces to gather and that in those spaces they are peaceful and actually safe,” she said.

The move comes after a shooting killed a 16-year-old during a mass rally in Millennium Park on Saturday night.

Police say the teenager was shot in the chest near ‘The Cloud Gate’ statue and was taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Two persons of interest were taken into custody and two weapons were recovered from the scene.

Police worked to clear the park after the shooting, but skirmishes occurred in many other locations around the Loop. Two other people were shot dead in the 300 block of South State Street around 11:41 p.m. when two boys fired into a group of people.

One of the victims was shot in the neck and chest and was taken to an area hospital in critical condition, while an 18-year-old was in fair condition after being shot in the left hand.

Both shooters have been taken into custody, police said.

A total of 26 minors were arrested, along with four adults in the city center. There were five weapon-related arrests and seven firearms were recovered.

Two Chicago police officers were also injured, authorities said.

Lightfoot says she’s calling on Chicago police to work with federal law enforcement to expedite gun traces on guns found in the possession of minors, and says the city will pursue criminal charges against adults that help kids get guns.

“I call on all parents, guardians and caring adults to step up at this time and do whatever it takes to prevent a tragedy like this from happening again,” she said.

Chicago Police Superintendent. David Brown is expected to speak to the media on Sunday afternoon about updated public safety protocols.

NBC Chicago

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