Shooting at Chicago Funeral Home, Victims, Suspects, Arrest, Investigation

Shooting at Chicago Funeral Home

At least 14 people were wounded in shooting at Chicago funeral Home. one person is in custody following an incident outside a funeral home on Chicago’s South Side.

The shooting occurred in the 1000 block of West 79th St on the evening of July 21, police said.

Chicago Police First Deputy Superintendent Eric Carter said a black vehicle approached a funeral home in the Auburn Gresham neighbourhood where a memorial service was taking place when people in the vehicle began firing.

Funeral attendees fired back and the vehicle drove away as its occupants continued firing. The vehicle crashed about halfway up the block and the occupants got out and fled in multiple directions, Carter said.

At least 60 shell casings were recovered from the scene.

The fire department told CBS Chicago at least nine of the victims were in serious to critical condition. All the victims are adults, Carter said. It was unclear how many were form the funeral and how many were in the vehicle.

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At least one was apparently an innocent bystander. Family members at a hospital told CBS Chicago she lives next to the funeral home and was outside for a cigarette break and got caught in the gunfire. She was fighting for her life Tuesday night, her relatives said.

At the funeral home, a woman with blood on her jeans told CBS Chicago she didn’t know whose blood it was.

Sources told CBS Chicago the shooting was a planned ambush outside the funeral home. The funeral was for Donnie Weathersby, who was shot and killed July 14, CBS Chicago’s Charlie De Mar reports.

Sources told CBS Chicago’s Brad Edwards the police were warned there might be a retaliatory attack on the funeral service. Carter said a squad car had been assigned to the funeral because of its size.

Victims

According to NBC Chicago, “Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said the fire department transported 11 people from the scene in total, while others were self-transported to various hospitals. Several people were believed to be in serious or critical condition.”

Reporting from the scene, Peter Nickeas with the Chicago Tribune said on Twitter that the shooting “resulted in more victims than any other in Chicago that I can recall. In 2013, 13 people were shot in Cornell Square Park @ 51/Wood. I remember at the time not being able to find shooting in Chicago’s history with more victims.” He also said there were ‘dozens and dozens of shell casings, the neighbour said sounded like multiple weapons and didn’t see return fire. Victims fell out in front of a lounge next to the funeral home, young and old.”

One Suspects in Custody

A person of interest was being interviewed by law enforcement, but there are multiple suspects, according to the police. Police said the occupants of the car fled in different directions after the crash. One person of interest is currently being interviewed, according to police.

Witnesses Statement

NBC Chicago’s Patrick Fazio described scenes that “looked like a war zone with victims wounded on the ground.”

Photojournalist with the Chicago Sun-Times Tyler LaRiviere said: “Chicago Police SWAT … were deployed on [the] scene with assault rifles.”

She shared a video of witnesses Kenneth Hughes and Arnita Geder detailing that they heard gunshots. “We went out on the street, and there were bodies lying everywhere … more women than men. Shot up everywhere, all over. Legs, stomach, back. We thought there was a war out here.”

Geder said the number of shootings in the area “was ridiculous” and needed to stop.

Hughes said he saw a car with six bullet holes in it, and “it was turned facing the grass like he’d lost control.”

“We saw lots of victims on the ground, three women on the ground and a gentleman,” Geder said, and noted they were badly injured.

She described another person unconscious on the ground beside one victim, “she got shot in the leg and back.”

The incident follows a violent weekend in the city when at least 70 people were shot on Saturday and Sunday, and another 25 were shot on Monday.

More information will be posted as this story develops.

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