Press conference

For immediate release

Contact.: Raul Montes, Jr.

Residents angered at continued bloodbath and carnage after mass shooting and back to back shootings in Millennium Park; Want National Guard, Chicago declared “State of emergency” Federal funding and attention from President Joe Biden to intervene

What: Press conference and protest

When: Sunday, May 22, 2022

Where: McDonald’s
10 E Chicago Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60611

Time: 11:45 a.m.

Chicago, IL- The City of Chicago continues to witness the outlandish destructive behavior of gun violence and crime that is taking over our streets without control. An off-duty Cook County sheriff’s officer working security at Millennium Park shot a man after the man fired a gun Friday evening, Chicago police said.Around 7:20 p.m., a man in his early 20′s refused to be wanded at the entrance of Millennium Park, the Chicago Police Department said in a media notification.

Once again violence took place downtown late Thursday night when nine people were shot, two fatally near a McDonald’s and a CTA station on the Northside. Violence again flared downtown late Thursday when nine people were shot, two fatally, near a fast-food restaurant and CTA station on the Near North Side, a shooting that came just days after the fatal shooting of a teenager near The Bean during a mass gathering of young people last weekend This mass shooting occurred about 10:40 p.m. on Thursday in the 800 block of North State Street outside the Chicago Avenue subway station and a McDonald’s. One person started firing a gun into a crowd during a “personal conflict” outside the fast-food outlet, then the shooter and others fled into the Red Line station where one person was injured on the third rail of the subway tracks.

Another shooting that came just days after the fatal shooting of a teenager near The Bean during a mass gathering of young people last weekend.The back-to-back high-profile shootings downtown drew further response Friday from the mayor and police leaders, who have struggled to contain the violence as summer looms. Both Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Superintendent David Brown immediately blamed Thursday’s shooting on parents not keeping track of their children and a flood of guns entering the city, many carried by young people who now use them in fights that in years past may not have been deadly.

On Sunday morning, community activists will stage a press conference with placards at the McDonald’s where the mass shooting took place. We will demand for the National Guard, for governor J.B. Pritzker to declare Chicago a “state of emergency”, and for federal funding from Congress for more police and we need our president Joe Biden to intervene to help stop the carnage and bloodshed in the City of Chicago that has taken over the streets without stop and compromising people’s lives on a daily basis.