CPD: Gang taunts led to Navy Pier stabbings

(Published July 8, 2019)

By Jesse Wright

Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson on Monday said two stabbings that happened shortly after 10 p.m. July 4 at Navy Pier were gang-related and the suspects are still at large. The victims have not been cooperating with police, Johnson said.

“The stabbings resulted from some gang-affiliated people taunting each other,” he said. “We have ideas of who the individuals were, but the victims were very uncooperative.”

A 14-year-old boy, a 15-year-old boy and a 30-year-old man were stabbed and police continue searching for two suspects. The victims were not involved in a fight that happened outside the security check, Johnson said.

Johnson was speaking at a news conference covering the violence across the city over the Independence Day holiday, from July 3 through July 7. Johnson said during that period officers picked up 199 illegally-owned guns, there were 42 shooting incidents and six murders. Englewood had the most shootings.

Johnson added police arrested 84 people for weapons violations. He reminded the public there is no reason to own an illegal weapon.

“There’s no excuse for carrying illegal guns in the city,” he said. “We can’t let gangs and guns overpower the community and the city of Chicago.”

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