One of the major tourist attractions in Chicago turned into a tourism threat Friday night when Chicago police responded to a large disturbance at Navy Pier that injured at least one person Friday night.
Chicago, known as the murder capital of the United States and big in promoting travel and tourism, has the famous Navy Pier as a city tourism attraction. It’s a 3,300-foot-long pier on the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan. It is located in the Streeterville neighborhood of the Near North Side community area. The pier was built in 1916 at a cost of $4.5 million.
Around 9 pm Friday night this pier turned into a nightmare for tourists to visit. About 30 police officers blocked the entrance to the popular lakefront tourist attraction, saying it was temporarily closed. People were being allowed to leave Navy Pier.
Khaaliq Warner, a face painter at Navy Pier, said he saw a stampede of 50 people running away from the Winter Wonderfest area around 8 p.m. and saw three teenage boys handcuffed. People were talking about fights breaking out.
Winter Wonderfest was scheduled to go on at Navy Pier until 10 p.m. Friday night. People leaving a 7:30 p.m. performance of “A Q Brothers’ Christmas Carol” at Chicago Shakespeare Theater said the show ended and they left without hearing about a disturbance.
There were reports of that a large fight broke out early in the evening causing crowds to leave Navy Pier.
One person was taken by ambulance to Lurie’s Children’s Hospital. No word on the age or condition of that victim.
Memphis Police officers were called to Wolfchase Galleria Friday night.
According to Memphis Police Department, early reports said shots were fired inside the mall. However, when officers arrived, mall security said no shots were fired.
MPD says a large group of teenagers were creating a disturbance inside the mall and officers asked for crowd control assistance. No one was hurt during the disturbance.
Shoppers said they ran for cover after two groups of young people clashed in the food court.
One WMC Action News 5 employee was inside Dillard’s when she said that police locked down the store and refused to let anyone leave.
Shoppers who witnessed the melee commended mall security merchants for their quick response.
Even after the mall closed, police remained on the scene since the time the fight broke out.
Arden Fair mall in Sacramento, California is closing two hours early as the result of a disturbance at the mall.
A spokesman with Arden Fair mall security says the move is precautionary and is meant to prevent an incident similar to the one two years ago.
A group of juveniles went through the mall knocking over signs on this day in 2012. Some shoppers misinterpreted the sounds of the signs hitting the floor as gunshots, and portions of the mall were put under lockdown.
Traffic controls are in place to help mall shoppers have an easier time getting out.
The mall would typically close at 10 p.m. on Friday.