CHICAGO (CBS) — At least 14 people were wounded Tuesday evening in a mass shooting directed at people attending a funeral in the Auburn Gresham community.
Chicago Police First Deputy Supt. Eric Carter said a black vehicle was heading west on 79th Street at 6:30 p.m., when people inside began firing at attendees of a funeral. The funeral was taking place at a funeral home at 1018 W. 79th St.
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 midway down the block.
The occupants got out and fled in multiple directions, Carter said.
One person of interest was being interviewed Tuesday night.
Carter said 14 victims were taken to five hospitals in unknown conditions. At least 60 shell casings were located.
The Fire Department said at least nine people were transported by ambulances from the scene. The Fire Department said Advocate Christ Medical Center and the University of Chicago Medical Center received most of the victims.
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.
The Fire Department said one woman was shot multiple times, and the patients they transported ranged from serious to critical condition.
Sources said there was some kind of planned ambush outside the funeral home.
The funeral was for Donnie Weathersby, who was shot and killed last Tuesday, July 14, at 74th Street and Stewart Avenue in Englewood. Weathersby was shot in the torso and head, CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar reported.
Sources told Edwards that police were forewarned there could be a retaliatory strike at the funeral service. Carter said a squad car was assigned to the funeral, but because of its size.
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.
I’m told The funeral was for a shooting victim. @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/Aun75y7VZk
— Charlie De Mar (@CharlieDeMar) July 22, 2020
De Mar spoke with people at the scene who said they were inside the funeral home when the shots started. He spoke to a woman who had blood on her jeans and who did not know whose blood it was.
De Mar is told some victims walked into hospitals, and officers even took some victims to hospitals, sources told CBS 2’s Jermont Terry.
BREAKING NOW: Up to 16 people shot near 79th and Carpenter. @Chicago_Police on scene. Sources tell me some victims walked into hospitals others taken by ambulances and officers even took some victims to hospitals. @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/MNm1h5GeXI
— Jermont Terry (@JermontTerry) July 22, 2020
Some people were treated in front of the nearby Cookie’s Cocktail Lounge at 1024 W. 79th St.
The shooting happened in the Gresham (6th) Police District. Officers from the Englewood (7th) and Grand Crossing (4th) districts, sources told Edwards.
Some law enforcement personnel in military fatigues were also seen.
Crime statistics indicated there were 13 murders last month in the area, compared with three in June 2019. There were five murders in the area just last week.