Chicago continues its violence with a mass shooting this time at a funeral with a drive-by that has left 15 people injured —10 female victims and five male victims with at least 6 in critical condition, according to the Chicago police, CBS reported.
BREAKING NOW: Up to 16 people shot near 79th and Carpenter. @Chicago_Police on scene. Sources tell me some victims walked into hospitals others taken by ambulances and officers even took some victims to hospitals. @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/MNm1h5GeXI
— Jermont Terry (@JermontTerry) July 22, 2020
The shooting happened on Tuesday at the Rhodes Funeral Services funeral home in Chicago on 1018 W. 79th St, Gresham District. Police say an unknown black vehicle was heading west on 79th Street at 6:30 p.m. when people inside the automotive began firing at attendees of a funeral, WLS reported.
“As the people were coming out of the funeral home, the shots rang out like they were literally raining on them,” one witness Jenneth Hughes told ABC Chicago station WLS.
Those who were attending the funeral were holding a ceremony for a man who was killed in an earlier drive-by shooting suggesting the violent act was gang-related. Police were even aware of the potential for violence stationing two police cars outside the funeral home and a tactical team as a precaution according to David Brown the superintendent of the Chicago Police Department.
“Every funeral with any evidence of any type of gang affiliation is treated the same way,” Brown said.
Brown further added that none of the officers who were on the scene were hurt during the drive-by incident.
Chicago police stated the vehicle involved in the shooting was stolen. Police said there happens to be video surveillance of the shooting incident, but the video lacks the capability to identify the suspects. Police further said that there are believed to be three suspects.
The attendees of the funeral began firing back at the vehicle, which continued sending a barrage of bullets at funeral-goers. The vehicle then crashed into a parked car down the block according to police.
Those inside the vehicle then got out and fled in multiple directions on foot.
One person of interest was being interviewed Tuesday night according to a press conference, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Chicago Police First Deputy Supt. Eric Carter said the victims were taken to five hospitals. At least 60 shell casings were located from the weapons of both parties, according to Brown, ABC reported.
The Fire Department further added, at least nine people were transported by ambulances from the scene. The Fire Department said Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn and the University of Chicago Medical Center received most of the victims.
Victims were also taken to St. Bernard Hospital, OSF Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Evergreen Park, and Stroger Hospital of Cook County.
One woman was shot multiple times, and the patients they transported ranged from serious to critical condition at the time they were taken to the hospital, the Fire Department said.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot issued a series of tweets condemning the shooting Tuesday night.
Far too many have suffered. Far too many have attended funerals and tried to start the process of healing entire communities following another senseless tragedy. When a person picks up a gun, we suffer as a city. This cannot be who we are.
— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) July 22, 2020
On Monday, President Trump vowed to send federal forces into the city amid a spike in violent crime. Local leaders have pushed back on the plan, arguing it exceeds the authority of the federal government.
On Tuesday, Lightfoot said some federal agents would be deployed in Chicago, FOX 32 of Chicago reported.
The Department of Homeland Security plans to deploy dozens of federal agents to Chicago to deal with the uptick in violent crime. In a tweet Tuesday night, Lightfoot made her stance clear stating under no circumstances would she allow Trump to deploy federal troops.
Under no circumstances will I allow Donald Trump’s troops to come to Chicago and terrorize our residents.
— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) July 21, 2020
There have been 414 recorded murders in Chicago this year as of July 19th, an increase of 139 from the same period from 2019, an estimated 51% jump, police statistics show, Newsweek reported.