14 injured in Chicago south side shooting

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Fourteen people were injured in a shooting Tuesday night outside a funeral home on the south side of Chicago, police officials said.First Deputy Superintendent Eric Carter said mourners outside a funeral home were pulled by a passing SUV. Carter said multiple targets from the shooting fired back. The SUV then crashed and the occupants fled in several directions. A person of interest has been taken into custody. Carter said all of the victims were adults.

The injured were taken by Chicago firefighters to nearby hospitals in serious condition, spokesman Larry Langford said.

Arnita Geder and Kenneth Hughes said they heard gunshots while at home watching television, adding that they came out to find bodies which had been shot and “lying everywhere”.

“We thought it was a war here,” Geder told the Chicago Sun-Times. “It’s ridiculous all the filming that’s going on here, it really has to stop. “

Dozens of sockets

Carter said at least 60 shell casings were found at the scene of the shooting. It was not immediately clear if anyone other than the funeral attendees were the victims, or if anyone in the SUV was injured. The detained person was not injured, authorities said.

A squad car was assigned to monitor the funeral as a precaution due to the large number of mourners present, Carter said, adding that he was not aware of any warnings from activists community that problems with the funeral were imminent.

“The district commander took every precaution he could,” Carter said.

Fourteen people were injured outside a funeral home in the Gresham district. (Tyler LaRiviere / Chicago Sun-Times via The Associated Press)

The shooting comes as the Department of Homeland Security plans to deploy dozens of federal agents to Chicago to deal with an increase in violent crime in the city.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot after threatening to sue if US President Donald Trump acts without his permission, said Tuesday the city would work with federal agents to fight crime.

Lightfoot is skeptical of Trump sending federal agents to Chicago amid controversy in Portland, Oregon, where the Trump administration has sent federal officers after weeks of protests against police brutality and racial injustice that followed the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Lightfoot said it expects Chicago to receive resources that will connect to existing federal agencies already working with the city, including the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. .

The governor of Oregon and the mayor of Portland expressed their anger at the presence of federal agents, saying the city’s protests had started to subside as federal agents began to act.

Trump called such protests in major cities across the country a failure of the “liberal Democrats” who run them, praised the officers’ actions and said he was looking to send agents to other cities.

He pointed to the rise of gun violence in Chicago, the country’s third largest city, where more than 63 people were shot, including 12 fatally, over the weekend.

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