Fourteen people were shot Tuesday night outside a funeral home where they were honoring the life of a man who had been a victim of gun violence in Auburn Gresham. CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar reports.
Police and firefighter/paramedics from Chicago responded about 6:24 p.m. Tuesday July 21, 2020 to a report of multiple shooters running down an alley near 79th Street and Carpenter Street, immediately followed by a report of multiple people shot. Police may have witnessed some of the shots fired or the shootings.
Chicago Fire Department activated an EMS Plan 2 by about 6:40 p.m.
Note: Victim count is not accurate because some victims were transported in personal vehicles, and possible injured shooters from the drive-by vehicle may not have arrived at hospitals. Victim count late Tuesday ranged from 14 to 17.
Early reports are that multiple people have been transported to area hospitals, including Advocate Christ Medical Center and University of Chicago Medical Center — both trauma centers. Several victims were shot in the chest. Some people possibly also transported themselves to hospitals. Possibly a total of 16 people were shot.
At least one of the shooters’ vehicles may have been taken into custody near 78th and Carpenter Street.
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A witness said more women than men were victims.
A black sedan crashed north of the shooting scene near 78th Street and Carpenter Street, and suspects bailed out of the vehicle and scattered in all directions.
One person of interest is in custody.
Four victims transported to University of Chicago, where they were listed in critical condition; four victims were transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where they were listed in critical condition; and some other victims also arrived at St Bernard Hospital on 64th Street.
Police found at least 60 shell casings at the crime scene.
Victims were outside and/or inside at Cookie’s Cocktail Lounge at the northwest corner of 79th Street and Carpenter Street as part of a memorial service.
The crowd that was targeted was also outside Rhodes Funeral Service at 1018 West 79th Street, which is just east across Carpenter Street from Cookie’s Cocktail Lounge. The memorial was held for a male victim of gun violence.
Some attendees at the funeral exchanged gunfire with the drive-by shooters.
Police confirmed there were 14 victims at area hospitals.
Police requested that citizens submit any video that may have captured the shooting.
There were no known juvenile victims according to First Deputy Superintendent Chicago Police Department interviewed at a press conference at 79th Street and Morgan Street about 8:35 p.m.
There was one police squad assigned to keep an eye on the area near the funeral.
First Deputy Superintendent Eric Carter of the Chicago Police Department gave an update on a shooting near a funeral home Tuesday night in the city’s South Side (CBS News).
Fourteen people were shot after an exchange of gunfire following a funeral in the city’s Gresham neighborhood, according to Chicago police (WGN News).
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— NBC Chicago (@nbcchicago) July 22, 2020
UPDATE: 14 shot outside Auburn Gresham funeral, 1 person of interest in custody, police say. https://t.co/qN7z2RHSVI
— ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) July 22, 2020
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The information in this article is an early report published before any summary information was confirmed or released by police or fire authorities.
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