The Chicago Sun-Times says that fifteen people were shot Tuesday evening outside a funeral home in Gresham on the South Side — the largest number of victims in a single Chicago shooting in recent memory.
Chicago Police First Deputy Supt. Eric Carter said The shooting happened about 6:30 p.m. as people left a funeral in the 1000 block of West 79th Street.
The 15 victims were being treated at five area hospitals, Carter said. Chicago fire officials said they were listed in conditions ranging from serious to critical. All the victim’s ages range from 21 to 65-years-old, police said. Ten of them are women.
One person of interest is being questioned over the matter, but the New York Times says “It was unclear what the person’s connection to the shooting was. The funeral was being held, a police official said, for a man who had been fatally shot last week along a street less than two miles away.
Send In The Troops
The ongoing violence in the city has prompted President Trump to say he wants to deploy at least 150 federal law enforcement officials to Chicago very soon.
“I’m going to do something — that, I can tell you,” Mr. Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. “Because 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.”
Yep, it’s an election year alright.
Murders in Chicago are up almost 50% compared with the same period of 2019. And on May 31, Chicago suffered the single deadliest day in six decades, with 18 murders, says the New York Times.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot voiced concern about the role they might play. She was recently quoted as saying, “We don’t need federal agents without any insignia taking people off the street and holding them, I think, unlawfully,” she said at a morning news conference before reports of the deployment were confirmed. “That’s not what we need.”
“She is literally running the Titanic into an iceberg intentionally,”John Catanzara, Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President
A Fox News article reported a quote that said Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was called “unprofessional,” “childish” and “pathetic” by the city’s president of the Fraternal Order of Police, John Catanzara, who was, in turn, responding to her sharp criticism of him.
Nothing but professionalism there in Chicago.
Catanzara also exclaimed “The mayor likes to use the word ‘unhinged’ but the ironic part is the mayor became unhinged. I wish I could show you the text messages that she sent me over the weekend as soon as she found out I sent the request to President Trump,” Catanzara told Fox News host Laura Ingraham.
So he sent a request to the President? And didn’t expect anyone to say anything? Interesting.
The Fox article goes on to quote Catanzara as saying “She is literally running the Titanic into an iceberg intentionally,” he said. “Fifty-six rounds [were reportedly] fired [during Tuesday evening’s incident] and  people shot tonight at a funeral where there was police’s special attention because of the gang victim that was already being waked at the funeral home.”
Let’s just hope a potential intervention by federal officials doesn’t turn into another Portland.