At around 6:30 pm Tuesday, 14 people attending the funeral of a young man who was shot last week were shot themselves in an exchange of gunfire. The victims left the service at Rhodes Funeral Home on West 79th street when witnesses say someone driving a black vehicle began shooting at the attendees who then returned fire. The car crashed, and as many as four individuals exited the car and fled on foot. One person of interest is in custody and undergoing questioning. Police recovered several casings at the scene.
The victims were taken to different area hospitals. Four were taken to Advocate Medical Center, four to the University of Chicago Medical Center, and one to Stroger Hospital, all in critical condition. The other victims suffering gunshot wounds were taken to St Bernard and Little Company Of Mary. Six victims were women, but no children were shot.
This violence came when the President vowed to send 150 Federal Agents to help curtail violence in the city. Mayor Lori Lightfoot was initially against this move rejecting the offer but has since relented and now welcomes the assistance.
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Paula J. Shelton is a freelance writer in Chicago. Follow her on social @beboldshineon.