Two people suffered minor injuries and police arrested at least 16 people during a disturbance involving crowds of young people tonight at Ford City Mall on the Southwest Side.
At about 4:45 p.m., a large group of disruptive teens ran yelling through the
mall, which is located at 7601 S. Cicero Ave.
Officials closed the mall minutes later, but the chaotic scene continued
outside, where police found between 100 and 200 people damaging vehicles in the
shopping center's parking lot.
Two people were
taken to hospitals.
A CTA bus driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to Holy Cross
A “kid’’ was also hurt, and that person was taken to Advocate
Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, also in good condition.
About 50 police squad cars assigned to multiple South Side districts,
including Chicago Lawn, Englewood and Deering, and a helicopter responded to the
Traffic came to a standstill as teenagers jumped on cars, both parked and
moving. Many of those
involved ignored orders to disperse, and police arrested 16 people, many of them
Earlier in the afternoon, members of the teen band Mindless Behavior had
appeared at the mall food court from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. to promote their new
release, "All Around the World,"
The band's autograph signing drew approximately 1,000 parents and children,
primarily mothers and girls between the ages of 6 and 13.
About 45 minutes after the band left, the chaos began