Crowds downtown called for a police response;  2 teenage boys were injured in the shooting

Two teenagers were shot late Saturday as hundreds of people gathered downtown.

The boys, 16 and 17, were in the crowd around 9 p.m. on the 100 East Washington Street block when shots were fired, Chicago police said.

The younger boy was shot in the right arm, while the other boy was shot in the left leg, police said.

Both were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where they are listed as in good condition, according to police. They declined to provide further information about the crowd and whether any other injuries were reported.

Videos have flooded social media showing teenagers breaking into vehicles and setting them on fire.

One video shows teenagers climbing and jumping on the roof of a CTA bus.

Activists concerned about the safety of their community gathered Sunday to ask Chicago Police to increase patrols downtown.

“Downtown used to be a beautiful place, you used to want to walk downtown, but now it's terrifying,” said activist and US Postal Service employee Patrick Gibbons. “It needs to get better or people will leave Chicago.”

On Friday, a 14-year-old boy was injured in a shooting after a large group of other teenagers gathered on 31st Street Beach. It happened around 8:50 p.m., on block 3100 South Lake Shore Drive, according to police. The boy suffered a gunshot wound to his left thigh and was taken to Comer Children's Hospital in reasonable condition.

According to police, a 17-year-old boy who was at the beach was arrested and charged with four felony counts including unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a stolen weapon and possession of illegal drugs.