Chicago police : 15 People Wounded In Shooting
Chicago Police said 15 people were shot dead by a speeding car in Chicago on Tuesday during the funeral of a victim from another car.
Chicago Police Inspector David Brown said Wednesday that rival gang factions were repeating a cycle of violence and revenge.
“We cannot continue to face violence with violence,” Brown said. “An eye for an eye makes us blind. It destroys our families and perpetuates this endless cycle of shooting victims night after night ”.
Chicago Police said two of the people who shot the funeral were men “known to the police.” Both are in their thirties and the DPC is said to be in serious condition.
Among the injured, all adults, 14 were hospitalized. One person is in critical condition and another is in critical condition, police say. Police said other people injured in the shooting are expected to recover.
At around 6:30 p.m. local time, the black Chevrolet Malibu rushed to 79 West Street, where it sprayed bullets at people gathered in the building where Rhodes’ funeral services are located, police said.
“At that point, the funeral attendees exchanged gunfire with the black car,” First Assistant Observer Eric Carter, of the Chicago Police Department, said hours after the shooting.
After driving past the funeral home, the car drove right onto Carpenter Street – where it took the wrong road on a narrow one-way street. Carter said people in the car continued to shoot at the funeral, before falling halfway down the block.
He said: “The passengers in the car then left in several directions and fled.”
Carter added that investigators were questioning an “important person” about the shooting. Since Wednesday morning, the status of this person has not changed.
And police said in an update this morning on Wednesday that the funeral was being held for a man who was shot in the car from a moving car in the Englewood neighborhood.
“This is an ongoing gang struggle issue,” Detective Chief Brendan Denehan said Wednesday. He said the car used in the attack was stolen.
Police chief says violence in Chicago is gang-related
On Monday in Chicago, 25 people were shot and by the end of the week, 63 people had been shot and at least 12 people were killed.
As of July 19, the latest Chicago crime data is available, murders rose 51% in 2020 from the same point in 2019, from 275 to 414. Shooting incidents increased by 47% , going from 1.110 at this point in 2019 against 1637 so far this year.
Gun violence has particularly increased over the past month. 28 days before July 19, there were 116 murders in Chicago, almost three times during the same period in 2019, according to Chicago police.
The Chicago Sun-Times spoke with a Bloc resident who said she left after hearing gunshots.
“We went out into the streets and all we saw were bodies thrown all over the place. They were shot everywhere,” Arnita Geder said, quoting the newspaper. “We thought it was a war here.”
Carter said a police car was dedicated to the funeral as a precaution. Police Commissioner David Brown said on Wednesday morning that police had in fact sent two cars to the funeral, along with a tactical team nearby.
“There are over 117,000 gang members in the city of Chicago,” said Brown, describing the scale of the problem of gang violence in Chicago. The number reiterated that they had “split into 55 big gangs” alongside 747 platoons and 2,500 subgroups.
Every day, several hundred conflicts erupt between gang members in Chicago, Brown said.
When asked Tuesday night if more could be done to prevent violence, he replied, “This is under review.”
Police are asking anyone with videos or information about the attack to contact investigators.
Chicago Mayor Laurie Lightfoot condemned what she called a “horrific mass shooting” and echoed a call for help from the local community.
“When someone is holding a gun, we as a city suffer,” Lightfoot said. “It can’t be who we are.”
reported by npr