At least 14 gunned down outside Chicago funeral home ‘in ambush’ after service for murder victim as violence explodes – The Sun

AT least 14 people have been gunned down outside a Chicago funeral home "in ambush" after a service for a murder victim as violence explodes.

The Fire Department told CBS2 that one woman was shot multiple times on Tuesday night and the victims range from serious to critical condition.

The outlet reported that there was a planned ambush taking place outside of the home after a memorial service was held for a murder victim.

First Deputy Superintendent Eric Carter said mourners outside a funeral home were fired upon from a passing SUV.

Carter says several targets of the shooting returned fire. The SUV later crashed and the occupants fled in several directions.

One person of interest has been taken into custody. Carter says all the victims were adults.

The official also said that 14 victims were taken to five hospitals and 60 shell casings were found.

It wasn't immediately known if anyone other than attendees of the funeral were victims, nor if anyone in the SUV had been wounded.

The person in custody was uninjured, according to authorities. Investigators haven’t determined how many people were involved in the shooting.

Witnesses told CBS that they were inside of the funeral home when the shots were fired.

Arnita Geder told the Chicago Sun-Times that she was at home watching TV when she heard gunshots.

"We went out in the street and all we saw was bodies just laying everywhere. They were shot up everywhere.

"We thought it was a war out here. It’s ridiculous all the shooting that’s going on out here, it really has to stop."

The shooting comes just one day after Donald Trump ordered 175 federal agents into Chicago as he vowed to combat "violent" Black Lives Matter protests.

When questioned about reports to send the additional officers into the area, Trump replied: "Well, it depends on what your definition of 'troops' is. I mean, we're sending law enforcement."

Before confirming reports, the president made it clear that he would be taking action against several cities that have seen ongoing protests.

Speaking from the White House on Monday, Trump said: "We're not going to let New York and Chicago and Philadelphia, Detroit and Baltimore and all of these, Oakland is a mess.

"We're not going to let this happen in our country. All run by liberal Democrats."

Honing in on the violence in Chicago, Trump said with the number of shootings over the weekend – 63 – the city is "worse than Afghanistan."

The law enforcement officers will focus on illegal gun sales and gun violence among other targets, CNN reported.

Earlier on Monday, Chicago's Mayor Lori Lightfoot voiced her concerns with sending in the troops.

She said: "We don't need federal agents without any insignia taking people off the streets and holding them, I think, unlawfully. That's not what we need."

On Monday, the Chicago Police Department said in a statement to the Chicago Tribune: "The Chicago Police Department does not maintain any authority over the federal government’s deployment of federal law enforcement agents to the City of Chicago.

"We regularly work alongside our local and federal law enforcement agency partners toward the common goal of keeping Chicago residents safe.

"If federal agents are deployed, it is critical that they coordinate with the Chicago Police Department and work alongside us to fight violent crime in Chicago."

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