By | Rachel Brooks
Staff | Telegraph Local
Above, WGN-TV captures the scene from the Lake Shore.
At least six people were shot in downtown Chicago with one fatality amid the George Floyd murder protests. It was initially reported that four had been shot, but then, within the past few hours, ABC 7 followed up stating that there were at least six shootings and one fatality. ABC 7 reported that the scene outside Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Logan Square home became chaotic on the evening of May 31. ABC7 also reports that some of the Chicago area protesting took a violent turn, with cars set ablaze in the streets.
Yet, via Twitter, personal account users also stated that the Chicago riots had pockets of peaceful assembly. This was determined by an aerial view shared from a private Twitter account as of the last 12-15 hours.
Many others stated that the Latin Kings were protecting properties. The Telegraph Local is working to confirm if this is factual. There is no official source or credible photo as of yet to confirm the fact of these statements.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Bernardino Mercado was shot to death in River North. Three others were injured in the Loop. This is citing Chicago officials.
Further citing the Chicago Sun-Times, Mr. Mercado, aged 26 at the time of his passing,was walking down a sidewalk with a male companion in the 100 block of West Hubbard Street.
Mercado and the companion were approached by a male suspect in a vehicle. The three exchanged words. The suspect exited the vehicle and began to beat the unidentified companion with a handgun. He then shot Mercado in the chest. He continued to beat the other male with the handgun.
Mercado was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy was conducted on Sunday. Mercado died of his gunshot wounds. His death has been declared a homicide.
The suspect reentered the vehicle and drove away from the scene. No one is in custody. It has not been reported if Mercado’s death was directly related to the rioting incidents. There is no clear statement on the record as to what Mercado’s companion and the suspect were arguing about.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot also stated within the last 24 hours that she requested Governor Pritzker to call on the National Guard for additional support.
“In addition to our 9pm-6am curfew that will remain in place until further notice, Governor Pritzker—at my request—has ordered a small contingent of the National Guard to maintain a limited presence and support our police in order to ensure we don’t have a repeat of last night,” said Lightfoot in a tweet that posted at 11:39am on May 31.
This message proceeded a long list of tweets regarding the state of Chicago at this moment, and how rioting only exacerbates the existing problem of coronavirus shutdown.
“It goes without saying that all this is occurring while we are still in a pandemic. So, to those who do go out peacefully, please – for your safety and the safety of our communities – please wear face coverings and maintain safe social distancing while you are marching.
And remember. Our children are watching. COVID-19 is still very much alive in our city, and the highest risk of spread is in big crowds”
The decisions I’ve had to make in the last 24 hours are not decisions I’d wish on any leader. I know many people are feeling scared and unsettled. But I make no apologies that I will always going to make a tough choice if it means protecting our people.
Chicago is strong. This is our home. This is the city we built… We know it’s not perfect but if it gets destroyed we are all left to pick up the pieces. Here in Chicago, we care for each another. We have seen that over and over again. This is a time for us to unite,” continued Lightfoot in a series of tweets that posted on May 31.