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A Chicago teenager was charged with murder on Sunday following a fatal shooting in Millennium Park the day before, police said.
Authorities say a 17-year-old boy has been charged with second-degree murder for allegedly shooting 16-year-old Seandell Holliday during an argument near the iconic ‘Bean’ sculpture just after 7 p.m., Fox 32 from Chicago. reported.
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The victim was shot at least once in the chest and was in critical condition when taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, officials said.
The shooting happened as hundreds of teenagers filled the streets of downtown Chicago, creating chaos and traffic jams, Fox 32 reported. Chicago police said 26 minors and four adults were arrested . Seven guns were also recovered.
The 17-year-old suspect is due in juvenile court on Monday, WMAQ-TV reported.
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On Sunday, Democratic Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced a 6 p.m. curfew for teens in the city following the incident.
“Effective immediately, Thursday through Sunday, unaccompanied minors are not permitted in Millennium Park after 6:00 p.m.,” Lightfoot said in a statement. “This new policy will be strictly enforced and violations will be dealt with promptly.”
Minors will be allowed to leave their homes despite the curfew if they are accompanied by an accompanying adult.
“All of our residents and visitors under the age of 18 are welcome at the park during the evening hours as long as they are accompanied by at least one responsible adult,” Lightfoot added.
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She added: “We, as a city, cannot allow any of our public spaces to become platforms of danger. Anyone entering our public spaces should expect to enjoy them peacefully and should respect and show basic community standards of decency. We will simply accept nothing less.”
In another part of town on Sunday, a 14-year-old boy was killed in a shooting at a gas station, Chicago police said.
The incident took place in a Citgo parking lot, where the victim exchanged gunfire with at least one individual in a car, Fox 32 reported.
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The vehicle fled the scene, but police caught it after it crashed into a Home Depot parking lot. Three suspects, who fled on foot inside the hardware store, were later arrested, police said.
So far, no charges have been announced. Chicago police are still investigating.