Police in Chicago are investigating a shooting that injured 15 people who were attending a funeral.
A black vehicle sped westbound in the 1000 block of 79th Street toward people at the funeral and its occupants opened fire at about 6:30 p.m., Chicago police First Deputy Superintendent Eric Carter said in a press briefing. Attendees of the funeral “exchanged fire” with people inside the vehicle, he said.
The people inside the car kept shooting at funeral attendees even after the car turned away. Eventually, the car crashed “midway down the block,” Carter said.
“The occupants of the vehicle then exited in multiple directions and fled,” Carter said. He added there’s a person of interest being interviewed by detectives.
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The Chicago Fire Department took most of the victims, in serious condition, to area hospitals, said spokesman Larry Langford. Police found 60 shell casings at the scene and the number of shooters — between those in the vehicle and the funeral attendees — is unknown, Carter said.
It’s unclear if all of the victims were shot. Carter said, “It appears they all did sustain some injury as a result of (the shooting), we’re not sure if it’s all gunshot wounds or not.” All of the victims are adults, he added.
Ten of the victims were women ages 21 to 65, and one of the women was shot in the chest, police said. The 65-year-old woman was treated at the scene.
One man was shot in the chest, arm and forearm while two other male victims, 22 and 32, were shot in their hands, police said.
The person of interest wasn’t injured, Carter told reporters. He said it’s unknown if any of the victims were either not a part of the funeral or one of the occupants of the black car.
Police said the funeral was held for a man fatally shot last week in the Englewood neighborhood.
Carter was asked by a reporter at the scene if there was prior knowledge that violence was a possibility at the funeral. The reporter added, “community activists say they gave you a warning as recently as today that this was a real possibility.”
A police car was assigned to the funeral by a district commander “as a precaution because of the size of the funeral,” Carter said. In response to the reporter’s question, Carter said, “The commander of the district took every precaution that he could.”
The shooting comes on the same day city Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she expects the Trump administration to deploy federal agents to Chicago. Those agents, she said, will be from the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Lightfoot tweeted late Tuesday in response to the shooting, pleading for anyone with information to come forward to police.
“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,” Lightfoot said.
Contributing: Grace Hauck and Ryan Miller, USA TODAY; The Associated Press
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