More than a dozen people wounded in shooting near Chicago funeral home
More than a dozen people were wounded after a shooting during a funeral in Chicago on Tuesday night, according to police.
Police said 15 people were wounded in the shooting in Chicago’s Gresham neighborhood and that one person of interest was in custody after the incident.
The shooting began when someone in a black vehicle began firing at people attending the funeral. Some of the funeral attendees returned fire, and the car crashed on the block.
Authorities said the 14 victims, all adults, were sent to five different hospitals. Their conditions were not immediately known, nor was there an identified motive for the shooting.
“All we saw was just bodies laying everywhere,” Arnita Geder, who witnessed the shooting, told NBC 5 at the scene. “Shot up everywhere, all over. Legs, stomach, back, all over the place. We thought it was a war out here.”
“Unfortunately it appears like it was planned because as the people were coming out of the funeral home, then the shots rang out like they were literally waiting on them to come out,” added Kenneth Hughes, another witness.
Eric Carter, a first deputy superintendent with the Chicago Police Department, told reporters that police had recovered 60 shell casings at the scene.
The shooting comes the same day that Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) announced that federal agents were being deployed to the city to curb a recent spike in gun violence.
President Trump has adopted a tough tone on Chicago and other cities that have seen increases in violence even as a separate deployment of federal agents to Portland, Ore., to deal with ongoing demonstrations and violence has drawn intense scrutiny.
“I’m going to do something — that, I can tell you,” Trump said Monday in response to a question about reports that his administration might send federal law enforcement to other major cities dealing with protests. The president mentioned Chicago, New York City and Philadelphia, among other cities.