ILLINOIS — A mass shooting in the Gresham neighborhood Tuesday afternoon sent 15 people to the hospital, a day after President Donald Trump criticized Chicago and other cities “run by liberal Democrats.”
The shooter approached a car, opening fire on a funeral procession, First Deputy Superintendent Eric Carter said.
He said the vehicle’s occupants fled after firing dozens of rounds into the procession gathered on a sidewalk. Between the shooters and funeral attendees, who fired back, Carter said police had recovered 60 shell casings.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Wednesday morning said it was “another day where we start with despair.”
“Another day that we start with reporting on violence in a neighborhood that has struck and felled too many people,” she said.
As of mid-July, the city has reported 385 murders, a 48 percent increase from the same period in 2019, the Chicago Tribune reported.
On Monday, Trump spoke about the rise in gun violence in Chicago and elsewhere.
“Well, I’m going to do something — that, I can tell you,” he said. “We’re not going to let New York and Chicago and Philadelphia and 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.”
House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, called the shooting a tragic reminder that children and law-abiding citizens are being victimized by domestic terrorists known as Chicago’s street gangs.
“Our state and city leaders need to accept all assistance, including from the federal government, to end this pandemic of violence before the City of Chicago becomes a full-blown war zone,” he said.
Both Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Lightfoot oppose Trump’s plan to send federal agents to Chicago, something the Wall Street Journal reported is already underway.
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