Fifteen people were wounded late Tuesday in a shooting on Chicago’s South Side outside a funeral home, police said.
The shooting occurred around 6:30 p.m. in Chicago’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood, specifically the 1000 block of W. 79th St, where Rhodes Funeral Home is located.
First Deputy Superintendent Eric Carter, who spoke at the scene Tuesday night, said that multiple people who attended a funeral at the venue were shot at from a passing SUV. He added that some people among the mourners returned fire.
The SUV later crashed and the occupants fled in several directions. A person of interest was being questioned Tuesday night but no arrests had been made, said police spokesman Hector Alfaro.
The Chicago Fire Department transported multiple victims to nearby hospitals in serious condition, spokesman Larry Langford told reporters.
Two victims were found several blocks from the shooting site and were “self-transporting” to seek medical care, the Chicago Fire Department said, according to the station. Among the patients they transported to hospitals, one woman was shot multiple times, the department added.
President Donald Trump on Monday said that the administration will deploy more federal law enforcement personnel to Chicago and other major cities facing a surge in violence.
“New York and Chicago and Philadelphia and Detroit and Baltimore … we’re not going to let this happen in our country,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. “We will have more federal law enforcement. That I can tell you.” He also said Oakland, California, could see federal agents.
“All run by Democrats … very liberal Democrats,” he added.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot had threatened to sue if Trump acted without her permission.
“Under no circumstances will I allow Donald Trump’s troops to come to Chicago and terrorize our residents,” she wrote on Twitter late Tuesday.
Trump has decried the demonstrators in Portland as “anarchists” and said on Sunday that he is trying “to help Portland, not hurt it.”