The 16-year-old boy who was fatally shot near The Bean in Millennium Park Saturday night has been identified and Chicago police have two people in custody in connection with the shooting, including a 17-year-old boy who is believed to be the gunman, according to a police report.
The shooting happened about 7:30 p.m. in the 200 block of East Randolph Street. Around the same time, police were responding “in the area of downtown and Millennium Park” — to what they deemed a large crowd “disturbance” — which led to the arrest of dozens of juveniles, two injured police officers and seven recovered guns. Two of those guns were in the possession of the two people who were still being questioned by detectives Sunday afternoon in connection with the homicide at The Bean.
Authorities said someone shot the boy, 16, in the chest and he was taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:12 p.m., according to police and information from the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
The teenager was identified as Seandell Holliday, who lived on West 112th Place in the Roseland neighborhood, the medical examiner’s office said Sunday morning.
It wasn’t clear how many of the hundreds of teenagers estimated to be involved in the downtown disturbance were nearby when the shooting occurred, and a police representative declined to answer questions about the correlation and overlap between the fatal shooting and the disturbance in the same area at the same time.
But the police report suggests Holliday and the shooter were among a group of teens. The report, citing police and Park District video surveillance which captured the shooting, said: “The victim, along with numerous other individuals, appear to be in an altercation with the (17-year-old) … near The Bean in Millennium Park.
“The crowd, along with the victim, follows (the 17-year-old) toward the exit at Madison and Michigan. At this point, the victim jumps onto the back of (the 17-year-old). A shot is heard,” and the suspected shooter ran south through the park where he was taken into custody a short distance away, according to the police report.
A second male whose age was not listed in the police report, also was “observed in close proximity to (the 17-year-old) at the time of his arrest.” He also was seen pulling a gun from his waistband, but the police report notes he only withdrew the weapon after Holliday had been shot. When he saw officers coming toward him he also took off running, the report said, but he was stopped and detained after a brief foot chase.
Together, the 17-year-old and the second male are the two people who police described when they noted in an online media notification “at least two persons of interest” were taken in for questioning and “at least two weapons” were recovered, police said.
Paramedics were called to The Bean for a person shot and found a boy who was shot, said Larry Merritt, a fire department spokesman.
The boy was taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital, initially in critical condition, Merritt said.
Sculptor Anish Kapoor created The Bean, 201 E. Randolph St., which is the nickname of the sculpture — officially known as Cloud Gate. It was dedicated to the park on May 15, 2006.
Authorities planned a 4 p.m. news conference Sunday, during which additional information was expected.