Over a dozen people wounded after panic when fireworks mistaken for gunshots at Navy Pier
(Published July 5, 2019)
By Jesse Wright
According to Chicago police, three people were stabbed outside of Navy Pier Thursday night and over a dozen others were trampled, fearing reports of gunfire during the Fourth of July Fireworks display.
Another victim, a 16-year-old-boy, suffered a puncture wound from an overturned table as he ran from the scene.
The three stabbing victims included a 14-year-old boy, a 15-year-old boy and a 30-year-old man.
All four people were stabilized at area hospitals.
According to Chicago Police Sgt. Rocco Alioto, the violence erupted sometime just after 10 p.m. when someone threw fireworks into the crowd at Navy Pier and the crowd mistook the fireworks for gunfire. Some 17 people were injured in the stampede, though no fatalities were reported.
No arrests have been made and police are still looking for two male suspects.