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Wednesday, July 22, 2020
MASS Shooting Scene in Chicago, 14 People SHOT Outside Funeral Home
"We thought it was a war out here,"
Louis Casiano, David Aaro
A horrific shootout outside a funeral home on Chicago's South Side Tuesday night wounded at least 14 people, police said, in the latest chapter of violence gripping the big city.
"All we saw was just bodies laying everywhere," witness Arnita Gerder told WMAQ. "Shot up everywhere, all over. Legs, stomach, back, all over the place. We thought it was a war out here."
An SUV was traveling on 79th Street around 6:30 p.m. local time when people inside opened fire on funeral attendees, the Chicago Police Department's First Deputy Supt. Eric Carter said during a news briefing.
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Police were interviewing one person of interest but no arrests have been made and the shooters were not immediately known, police said. The victims -- all adults -- were taken to five separate area hospitals. At least nine were listed in serious condition, the Chicago Fire Department told local media.
The victims included at least four women between the ages of 24 and 38, one of whom was shot in the chest, police said. Other victims include a 40-year-old man struck in the chest, arm, and forearm. Two men, aged 32 and 22, were shot in the hand.
The person in custody was not injured during the incident, according to Carter. No other information about the victims was available.
Police said the shooting happened at or near the site of a funeral or post-funeral event for a man fatally shot last week in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago.
CBS Chicago, citing unnamed sources, reported that police assigned a squad car at the funeral service for Donnie Weathersby. The report said that Weathersby, 31, was killed on July 14 and the funeral at Rhodes Funeral Services was expected to draw a large crowd.
Carter noted that a police vehicle was assigned to the funeral as a precaution because of the size of the gathering. He added that police were unaware of any prior warnings from community activists that the funeral could be the site of potential trouble.
Officers found some 60 shell casings at the scene. It was not known if the two groups had interacted with each other prior to the shooting or if the gunfight was gang-related.
"We saw a car with about six bullet holes in it and it was turned facing the grass like he lost control. We saw a hat down on the ground and evidently it was his," Kenneth Hughes, told WMAQ.
Gerder and Hughes told the station that everyone shot appeared to be wearing white.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot called the shooting "another senseless tragedy," on Twitter late Tuesday. She said police are canvassing for evidence and outreach teams will provide trauma and victim support services for residents.
"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," she wrote. "We cannot give shelter to killers. People know who are responsible."
Cookie’s Cocktail Lounge, located near the shooting at 1024 W. 79th St., declined Fox News' request for comment.
The shooting came a day after more than 20 people were shot Monday and after a deadly weekend in which 63 people were shot and 12 were killed.
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.