Chicago Fireworks Marred by Human Stampede and Stabbings
By David E. Hubler
Contributor, EDM Digest
More than a dozen July 4th revelers were injured in Chicago on Thursday evening when a false report of gunfire set off a human stampede, the Associated Press reported.
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Thousands of area residents had gathered along Navy Pier on Lake Michigan to watch the fireworks display.
"Police believe someone threw firecrackers at Navy Pier and others yelled 'gun' or 'shots fired,' spurring a 'stampede' that injured at least 17 people," the Chicago Tribune reported.
"There was no evidence of shots fired or someone being shot," police sergeant Rocco Alioto told the Tribune.
Police Search for Two Males in Stabbing Incident
Three others in the July 4th crowd were stabbed when a fight broke out after some young males flashed gang signs. Their injuries were not life-threatening, officials said.
Chicago Police spokeswoman Kellie Bartoli said officers were searching for two male suspects in the stabbings.
According to the Tribune, the injured included two 14-year-old boys and one adult male. One 14-year-old was stabbed in the arm and rib, and the other boy was stabbed in the armpit. They were both taken to Lurie Children's Hospital where they were stabilized, the Tribune added.
The 30-year-old, who was not involved in the assault, was stabbed in the face. His condition was not reported.
As of noon on Friday, Chicago Police reported at least five persons had been killed and 30 were wounded by gun violence over the Fourth of July weekend.