Three people were stabbed and more than a dozen injured in a subsequent stampede after panic broke out at Chicago’s Navy Pier on Thursday following a Fourth of July fireworks present, police stated
The stabbings came after an brawl broke out on the pier around 10 p.m., Chicago police Sgt. Rocco Alioto stated at a news conference. Police believe somebody shouted “Gun!” within the crowd, causing people to panic, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
“Simply chaos. Chaos. That’s all it was,” a 45-year-old lady visiting the pier told the newspaper. “We got separated from one another because everybody went in different directions when it began. However thank God, He got us all back collectively. That’s all that matters.”
At the least 14 people have been hospitalized for non-life-threatening injuries suffered within the stampede, Alioto stated. The three people with stab wounds were taken to hospitals in serious-to-critical condition, Chicago’s WMAQ-TV reported.
Earlier stories that someone was also shot were false, police mentioned. A fourth individual, who was originally believed to have been shot, actually suffered a bad puncture wound from banging into an table as he fled the scene, police confirmed. That individual was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, however, his condition was unknown, WMAQ reported.
It remained unclear what iniated the stabbings, and the victims were “not cooperating” with investigators, Alioto stated. The investigation is ongoing.