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Terrifying moment Chicago street racers attack cops who tried to stop them doing donuts in city’s Loop neighborhood – just hours before July 4 massacre that killed six
- A group of between 30 and 40 people shot fireworks at police cars in Chicago
- Vandals fired at around eight police cars which had their lights and sirens on
- One firework landed on the hood of a patrol car leaving a smashed windshield, headlights and dented bodywork
- A couple of members of the group could be seen kicking in headlights
Frightening footage shows a crowd of Chicago lawbreakers toss fireworks at cop cars and begin attacking one of the vehicles after officers tried to stop their illegal street-racing in the city’s once-illustrious Loop neighborhood.
The vandals could be seen firing indiscriminately at the police patrol cars in the early hours of Monday morning.
A group of between 30 and 40 people began angrily gesturing towards police who sitting in their patrol cars, with many of them taking out their phones as they did so.
A number of individuals could then be seen kicking and punching the front of the emergency vehicles. The grills, hood and headlights of the car were left either dented or smashed.
Dozens of people could be seen making threatening gestures towards Chicago police cars
Many members of the group, who were white, held up their cellphones as they walked forward
A group of between 30 and 40 people shot fireworks at police cars in Chicago
Vandals fired at around eight police cars which had their lights and sirens on
There were around eight police cars in the area, all of which came under attack
Towards the end of the two minute video a firework lands directly on the hood of a CPD vehicle which is unable to move out of the way during the attack which happened on Columbus and Wacker Street.
The police car sustained significant damage including broken headlights, a shattered windshield and damage to its hood.
Officers stayed inside as they attempted to reverse away from danger.
The police had been called to the area after reports some civilian cars were performing donuts in the middle of an intersection.
There have been no reported injuries and police made no arrests.
One firework landed on the hood of a patrol car leaving a smashed windshield, headlights and dented bodywork
Despite the numbers of police, no arrested were made
The fireworks were deliberately aimed at the police cars which had come to stop street racing
A CBS News crew captured the attack on the police cars on video in the early hours of Monday
The attack on the police cars came just hours before a gunman armed with a high-powered rifle shot dead at least six people at a parade to mark July 4th Independence Day, in a wealthy suburb of Chicago suburb.
Emergency officials in Highland Park said around two dozen people, including children, were wounded with some in critical condition.
A massive police manhunt was underway for the shooter, who was still on the loose.
Police said they had identified a 22-year-old suspect named Robert E Crimo III, warning that he was considered armed and ‘very dangerous.’
Firing into the holiday crowd from a nearby rooftop, the gunman triggered scenes of chaos as panicked onlookers ran for their lives, leaving behind a parade route strewn with chairs, abandoned balloons and personal belongings.
Law enforcement search in downtown Highland Park, a Chicago suburb, after a mass shooting at the Highland Park Fourth of July parade, Monday, July 4, 2022