At least 23 people were shot in Chicago on Tuesday, with 15 of the victims coming under fire at a funeral in the city’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood. According to CBS 2, several of the attendees of the funeral service shot back at their attackers, with police counting at least 60 shell casings on the ground outside of the funeral home as the conducted their investigation.
Multiple people shot at 79th/Carpenter
Spoke with people here who said they were inside a funeral home when the shots started.
Spoke to a woman who had blood on her jeans. She didnt know whose blood it was.
— Charlie De Mar (@CharlieDeMar) July 22, 2020
According to CPD First Deputy Supt. Eric Carter, the first shots were fired by individuals in a black car as it passed by the Rhodes Funeral Home around 6:30 p.m.
The attendees of the funeral began firing back at the vehicle, which turned north on Carpenter Street and kept firing at people from the funeral before crashing into a parked car midway down the block.
The occupants got out and fled in multiple directions, Carter said.
One person of interest was being interviewed Tuesday night…
The Fire Department said at least nine people were transported by ambulances from the scene. The Fire Department said Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn and the University of Chicago Medical Center received most of the victims.
Victims were also taken, or found their way to, St. Bernard Hospital, OSF Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Evergreen Park, and Stroger Hospital of Cook County.
The Fire Department said two additional victims were found near 63rd street and were in the process of self-transporting, for a total of 11 transports by their ambulances.
One woman was shot multiple times, and the patients they transported ranged from serious to critical condition at the time they were taken to the hospital, the Fire Department said.
About a half hour after the shooting took place, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot took to Twitter to condemn not the shooters who targeted a funeral, but the president for suggesting that he might send federal law enforcement to Chicago to help deal with the surge in violence.
Under no circumstances will I allow Donald Trump’s troops to come to Chicago and terrorize our residents.
— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) July 21, 2020
Unfortunately for Mayor Lightweight, it’s not “Donald Trump’s troops” who are terrorizing Chicago residents. It’s Chicago residents themselves, or at least a small fraction of them, who are terrorizing the city’s most violent neighborhoods, and she seems utterly incapable of dealing with that inconvenient truth. As news spread about the shooting at the funeral, the mayor hopped back on social media to repeat the same tired talking points that we’ve heard from her before.
Far too many have suffered. Far too many have attended funerals and tried to start the process of healing entire communities following another senseless tragedy. When a person picks up a gun, we suffer as a city. This cannot be who we are.
— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) July 22, 2020
I’ve got news for the mayor: the city doesn’t suffer when someone “picks up a gun.” There are more than 20,000 concealed carry holders in Chicago, for example, and the city’s not suffering because they’re legally carrying to protect their life. The city suffers when violent criminals, many of them well known to law enforcement and the residents of the neighborhoods they’re terrorizing, commit brazen acts of murder and mayhem because they believe they can get away with their crimes. Less than half of all Chicago homicides end up with an arrest. For shootings, the percentage is even worse. The Chicago Tribune reported in 2018 that just 1 in 20 shootings are ever solved by police.
The reason why shootings are increasing in the city is simple: there are rarely any consequences when a gang member pulls the trigger. Lightfoot and the city of Chicago need all the help they can get, and the mayor knows it. In fact, even as she was bloviating about “Donald Trump’s troops terrorizing” the city, Lightfoot told reporters that federal officers from the FBI, ATF, and DEA are coming to the city to help address the surging violence. That’s good, because at the moment it appears Lightfoot is in way over her head.
Chicago’s mayor has been engaged in a war of words with President Trump over Chicago’s violence, but she needs to focus on the relatively small number of individuals in the city who are responsible, rather than trying to score political points while distracting from her own incompetence. I honestly don’t know if she’s capable of that, but after her tone-deaf tweets Tuesday evening, I’m not holding out a lot of hope.