“Chicago is my kind of town.” –Frank Sinatra
By Alta Spells and Hollie Silverman
Someone fired shots at police in downtown Chicago on Monday morning, and the officers returned fire, police spokesman Tom Ahem said in a post on Twitter.
A heavy police presence had been visible on Michigan Avenue downtown, where large groups gathered and vandalized retail businesses overnight.
Bus and train service in and around downtown Chicago was suspended at police request, according to updates from the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA).
CNN crews near the area reported seeing a large number of police cars in the retail district. Video taken outside of Saks Fifth Avenue showed armed police officers standing near the entry door in which the glass had been broken out with the security gate inside partially up.
Another video showed a large crowd gathered outside of the Coach store. Windows in the store were shattered. In a separate video, someone could be seen tossing a projectile at the window of a jewelry store on Michigan Avenue.