Chicago’s North Avenue Beach shuts down after gunfire breaks out hours after opening

Police said Chicago’s beaches were closed hours after the summer hours opened after shootings during a large-scale brawl on Friday.

Police said the brawl broke out between a group of 80 to 100 teenagers on North Avenue Beach around 1:30 p.m.

During the commotion, someone pulled out a gun and fired. Fox 32 reported.

Luckily no one was hit. A boy was taken into police custody.

The weapons have not yet been recovered, police said.

The beach was temporarily closed due to a police investigation.

Police said no weapons were recovered at the scene.

The shooting came just hours after Chicago’s 22 beaches along Lake Michigan opened to the public for Memorial Day weekend, known as the unofficial start of summer.

Chicago experienced its most violent Memorial Day weekend in five years last year, with nine dead and at least 42 wounded across the city, according to Fox 32.

Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson said the city enacted a security plan ahead of the weekend to avoid a repeat of last year, announcing a bolstered police force and the deployment of 30 peacekeepers from the Illinois Department of Human Services.

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