Chicago’s Ronald McDonald House charity says they’re repairing damage from looting
A Ronald McDonald House in Chicago was damaged amid looting in the city late Sunday night and early Monday morning.
The facility, located in the city’s Streeterville neighborhood near the Lurie Children’s Hospital, provides resources to families with children receiving medical care.
Thirty families were sleeping inside on Monday as individuals allegedly smashed windows, the facility confirmed in a statement to The Hill.
The front door to the facility also had to be boarded. Residents inside the facility were placed on lockdown.
No families missed any appointments or treatments due to the violence, according to CBS Chicago. No damage was caused to the inside of the house, and none of the families or staff were injured.
“We’re here for families at all times – whether there’s a pandemic or civil unrest, we need to make sure that we are here allowing families to get the rest they need while they have a child in the hospital seeking care, and so it’s so important that anything that might be going on outside, we maintain our care for families,” Lisa Mitchell of Ronald McDonald House told the outlet.
Widespread looting was reported by law enforcement across Chicago early Monday morning. Shortly after midnight, people reportedly broke store windows and targeted some stores on the city’s “Magnificent Mile.”
Tensions flared in the city beginning on Sunday evening after 20-year-old Latrell Allen was shot by Chicago police in the city’s Englewood neighborhood. Police accused the Black man of shooting at them before they returned fire.
Latricsa Allen, Latrell Allen’s mother, told the Chicago Tribune that he said in an area hospital that he did not have a gun on him.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) called the violence that hit the city “a planned attack.“
“When people showed up on Michigan Avenue in the downtown area with U-Haul trucks and cargo vans, and sophisticated equipment used to cut metal, and the methods that were used, and how quickly it got spun up … that wasn’t any spontaneous reaction,” Lightfoot told Time magazine.
“To be sure, there are people that did join in that were motivated by lots of different reasons, and certainly were motivated by social media posts encouraging people to come downtown,” She added. “But the core of what happened — that’s organized criminal activity … It was a planned attack.”
Updated: 7:35 p.m.
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