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Cicero

Cicero declares state of emergency, imposes curfew after night of rioting, two homicides

Name of first victim released, three suspects in custody for second shooting, 60 total people arrested

CICERO - The town of Cicero has declared a state of emergency and imposed an 8 p.m. curfew for Tuesday after two people were killed during rioting Monday, Cicero police announced Tuesday.

Victor Cazares, 27, of Cicero was shot and killed and another person was the victim of a graze wound in an incident that occurred at approximately 6 p.m. Monday at 4917 W. 14th St. by the Super Espiga Grocery store. Deputy Superintendent Luis Gutierrez said that the investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

The second fatal shooting occurred at approximately 6:15 p.m. at Cermak Road and 50th Ave. A 29-year-old Chicago man was shot and killed. Witnesses provided information on the offending vehicle, Cicero police quickly spotted the vehicle and placed three suspects in custody. The identity of the victim was not released as family has not yet been notified.

Cicero police arrested 60 individuals during violence that reportedly started at about 4:30 p.m. Monday during an attempted looting of El Patron Sports Bar, 2260 S. Cicero Ave., Cicero spokesman Ray Hanania said in a statement. Gutierrez confirmed that 24 individuals were arrested for burglary or theft, 27 for other various crimes, six for unlawful use of a weapon and the three for investigation in relation to the homicide.

Subsequent chaos occurred on Cicero Avenue between 14th and 21st streets and 22nd and 31st streets, Hanania said.

"A lot of the problems that occurred were from groups of citizens who were encountering groups of protesters, citizens who were trying to protect their neighborhoods and protesters," Gutierrez said. "There were a lot of actions which resulted in a lot of fights and resulted in two of the shootings that we had. That's why we are asking all citizens to stay in their houses so we do not have these clashes."

Gutierrez said that the curfew will run until 6 a.m. Wednesday. He did not say if additional curfews will be imposed later in the week.

In addition, Cicero announced road closures including Cicero Ave. from Roosevelt Road to Ogden Avenue, Cermak Road from 46th Avenue to 50th Avenue and 16th Street from 46th Avenue to Cicero Avenue.

Employees of some Cicero businesses reportedly have been outside of their stores armed with clubs and bats. Town officials urge them to remain inside and allow the police to handle the protesters.

"We are asking all residents to not be involved in taking the law into their own hands," Gutierrez said. "We are asking all residents to remain in their homes. We will not condone any individuals to be in the town of Cicero with weapons because they will be arrested. We are asking all residents to stay at home and not congegrate on any of our roadways. Large crowds will be dispersed."

Cicero has more than 100 police officers on the street assisted by the Cook County Sheriff and the Illinois State Police, he said.

“Outside agitators shot at least two people near 50th and Cermak Road, but police arrested the three suspects involved in the shooting,” Hanania said.

Cicero Town President Larry Dominick made a clear distinction between how the town will handle peaceful protesters and those coming in to riot or loot.

"When people come here to protest, as long as it's a nice, clean protest we will never interfere," Dominick said. "But when they come to riot, break windows, fight, shoot, we're not going to tolerate it. I hope the residents stay out of the police business because police can handle it. We will not allow looters, vandalism, shootings. Those are criminals."

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