15 injured in shooting on Chicago's South Side

Fifteen people were injured in connection with a shooting outside a funeral home on Chicago's South Side late Tuesday, police officials said.

Shots fired from passing vehicle at people outside funeral home

The shooting comes as the Department of Homeland Security is planning to deploy dozens of federal agents to Chicago to deal with a significant uptick in violent crime in the city. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times/The Associated Press)

Fifteen people were injured in connection with a shooting late Tuesday outside a funeral home on Chicago's South Side, police officials said.

First Deputy Supt. Eric Carter said mourners were outside the funeral home when they were fired upon from a passing SUV. Carter said several targets of the shooting returned fire. The SUV later crashed and the occupants fled in several directions. Carter said all the victims were adults.

A person of interest was being questioned Tuesday night but no arrests had been made, said police spokesperson Hector Alfaro. Investigators haven't determined how many people were involved in the shooting, but multiple suspects were being sought.

The wounded were taken by the Chicago Fire Department to nearby hospitals in serious condition, said spokesperson Larry Langford.

The victims include 10 women between the ages of 21 and 65, including one woman who was shot in the chest. Police say a man also suffered gunshot wounds in the chest, arm and forearm, and two other men, aged 32 and 22, were shot in the hand.

The shooting happened near the site of a funeral for a man who was fatally shot last week in the Englewood neighbourhood.

Arnita Geder and Kenneth Hughes said they heard gunshots while in their home watching television, adding that they came outside to find bodies that were shot up and "laying everywhere."

"We thought it was a war out here," Geder told the Chicago Sun-Times. "It's ridiculous all the shooting that's going on out here, it really has to stop."

Dozens of shell casings found

Carter said at least 60 shell casings were found at the scene of the shooting. It wasn't immediately known if anyone other than attendees of the funeral were victims, or if anyone in the SUV was wounded. The person in custody was uninjured, according to authorities.

A squad car was assigned to monitor the funeral as a precaution because of the sizable number of mourners attending, Carter said, adding that he was unaware of any warnings from community activists that trouble at the funeral was imminent.

"The district commander took every precaution that he could," Carter said.

Fifteen people were wounded in a shooting Tuesday outside a Chicago funeral home in the city's South Side. Police said it was part of an ongoing conflict involving the gang of a young man being mourned and a rival gang. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times/The Associated Press)

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Tuesday night in a series of Twitter posts that "far too many people" have attended funerals and attempted to begin the process of healing following another "senseless tragedy." She said people with information should speak up, even if anonymously.

"When a person picks up a gun, we suffer as a city. This cannot be who we are. Too many guns are on our streets and in the hands of people who should never possess them," Lightfoot continued. "These individuals will be held accountable."

The shooting comes as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is planning to deploy dozens of federal agents to Chicago to deal with an uptick in violent crime in the city.

After threatening to sue if U.S. President Donald Trump acted without her permission, Lightfoot said Tuesday the city would be working with federal agents to fight crime.

Lightfoot has been skeptical of federal agents being sent to Chicago by Trump due to the controversy in Portland, Ore., where the Trump administration sent federal officers after weeks of protests there over police brutality and racial injustice that followed the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Lightfoot said she expects Chicago will receive resources that will plug into existing federal agencies that already work with the city, including the FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Oregon's governor and Portland's mayor have expressed anger with the presence of the federal agents, saying that the city's protests had started to ease just as the federal agents started taking action.

Trump has framed such protests in the nation's large cities as a failure by "liberal Democrats" who run them, praised the officers' actions and said he was looking to send agents to other cities.

He pointed to rising gun violence in Chicago, the nation's third-largest city, where more than 63 people were shot, 12 fatally, over the weekend.