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Chicago’s Cinco de Mayo Parade Stopped by Gang Shooting, Moved Elsewhere; 25 People Arrested

Chicago: Gang Shootout Forces Cinco de Mayo Parade to Halt and Relocate, 25 Arrested

Chicago’s Cinco de Mayo parade was abruptly halted and relocated due to gang violence erupting just over an hour into the festivities. The Chicago Police Department responded to the incident, which began shortly after the parade commenced at noon near Damen Avenue and Cermak Road. Video footage depicted rival gangs flashing signs along the parade route, escalating tensions.

Reports indicated that shots were fired along the parade route, prompting concerns for public safety. By 1:30 pm, the CPD announced the cancellation of the long-standing parade “out of an abundance of caution.” The decision was purportedly made in collaboration with local officials and parade organizers in response to the escalating gang violence in the area.

Chicago's Cinco de Mayo Parade Stopped by Gang Shooting, Moved Elsewhere; 25 People Arrested

Chicago’s Cinco de Mayo Parade Stopped by Gang Shooting, Moved Elsewhere; 25 People Arrested (Credits: ABC Chicago)

Contradicting claims emerged regarding the status of the parade. While the CPD asserted its cancellation, Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez of the 25th Ward contended that the event was not canceled but rather relocated. He stated that the parade proceeded as planned with active community participation, beginning on Damen Street and concluding at the intersection of Blue Island and Washtenaw.

Despite the relocation, the situation remained tense, with reports indicating that 25 gang members were arrested by the Chicago police, some of whom were found in possession of firearms. Charges against those arrested are pending, reflecting the severity of the incident.

The swift and decisive action taken by law enforcement highlights the ongoing challenges posed by gang violence in Chicago and underscores the need for community cooperation and proactive measures to ensure public safety during cultural and community events.

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