One person was injured in a gunfight with a Cook County sheriff’s deputy at Millennium Park on Friday night, authorities said, marking the second shooting at the popular downtown site in less than one week.
Police say the incident unfolded when a 22-year-old man pulled out a gun after being refused entry to Millennium Park. At one point, there was an exchange of gunfire with an off-duty Cook County sheriff’s deputy, who was working security at the time, police said.
The man was shot and fled to the nearby Chicago Riverwalk, authorities said.
Photos from the area showed a large number of first responders near part of the Riverwalk, where authorities located the man and took him into custody. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in good condition, according to the Chicago Fire Department. A police marine unit was searching for the individual’s weapon near where he was apprehended, authorities said.
NBC 5 has not independently verified the account of events provided by Chicago police.
The shooting comes nearly a week after a 16-year-old boy was fatally shot near the “Bean” in Millennium Park. Following the incident and a series of other violent rallies, Mayor Lori Lightfoot imposed a curfew on unaccompanied minors at Millennium Park, which went into effect Thursday evening.
Under the curfew, those under 18, whether residents or visitors to Chicago, must be accompanied by an adult if at the park after 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.