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Watch Live: Chicago Mayor, Top Cop Address Widespread Looting in City's Downtown

Unrest began early Monday in Chicago's downtown. Large crowds gathered outside the Saks Fifth Avenue and Coach stores, with hundreds of people yelling and throwing things at officers.

Watch the live update from Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Police Supt. David Brown at 8 a.m. Monday in the player above.

Chicago's mayor and police superintendent are expected to give a live update Monday morning after chaos erupted in downtown Chicago overnight, with widespread looting at countless businesses, property damage and shots fired both at and by police.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Supt. David Brown will appear at 8 a.m. to "discuss criminal activity overnight in the downtown area," according to Chicago Police News Affairs.

The unrest began at around 12:20 a.m., when police were called to reports of a mob scene on Michigan Avenue. Large crowds gathered outside the Saks Fifth Avenue and Coach stores, with hundreds of people yelling and throwing things at officers.

Looters were captured on video in multiple locations, with merchandise taken and storefronts vandalized. Officers were told to respond wearing helmets and there were multiple reports of gunshots.

Just before 5 a.m., a Chicago police spokesman tweeted that shots had been fired at officers who returned fire near the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Lake Street. No officers were injured, Tom Ahern said, adding that it was not known at the time if the offenders were shot.

The Chicago Transit Authority shut down all train and bus service downtown "at the request of public safety officials," the CTA said. Buses will not run in the area bounded by Fullerton, Cermak and Ashland Avenue until further notice, the CTA said, with all train service temporarily suspended as well.

The bridges over the Chicago River were lifted at around 4:30 a.m., preventing further entry into and exit from the downtown area.

Illinois State Police confirmed at around 5 a.m. that Chicago police asked for assistance in blocking all expressway ramps going in and out of the city's Loop: from Cermak to I-55, I-94 from Roosevelt to Division and Congress Parkway from I-290.

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