Like ‘war’: Chicago shootout hits 14, as Dem mayors refuse federal help
Hours after publicly refusing the help of the federal government to stop violence in her city, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is struggling for answers as a shootout left 15 people wounded in the city yesterday.
Chicago Police say that occupants of a black car opened fire at a crowd outside a funeral home. The crowd subsequently returned fire as the car tried to flee, but instead, it crashed nearby. The suspects in the car fled in a different direction on foot.
One resident compared the shooting to the breakout of a war.
“Shot up everywhere, all over,” said neighbor, Arnita Gerder. “We thought it was a war out here.”
“All we saw was just bodies laying everywhere,” she said of the scene. “Legs, stomach, back, all over the place.”
“Unfortunately it appears like it was planned because as the people were coming out of the funeral home, then the shots rang out like they were literally waiting on them to come out,” said Kenneth Hughes, a witness.
The 15 wounded, all adults, are being treated at five different city hospitals.
The victims, say Hughes, were all wearing white.
The motive for the shooting is unknown, but police are searching for at least one person of interest.
The shooting highlights the growing violence in Chicago and other big cities, which have seen a spike in the number of shootings over the last month.
President Trump has said he is sending federal agents to Chicago to assist local law enforcement in combating the violence, but Lightfoot said in a tweet yesterday that federal assistance is not wanted.
“Under no circumstances will I allow Donald Trump’s troops to come to Chicago and terrorize our residents,” Mayor Lightfoot tweeted on Tuesday.
The shooting also comes on the heels of a letter signed by 15 Democrat mayors who have asked Trump to withdraw federal assistance from Portland and not send federal agents to other cities to combat violence.
“The letter — signed by the mayors of Portland, Seattle, Atlanta, Chicago, Washington, DC, Boston, Philadelphia, Denver, Los Angeles, San Jose, Oakland, Tucson, Sacramento, Phoenix and Kansas City, Missouri — calls on the administration to withdraw federal forces from the cities where they are currently deployed and halt plans to send them elsewhere,” says CNN.
Currently, Trump has surged federal agents to both Portland and Kansas City. Portland has seen 50 nights of anarchist-led protests, and Kansas City, like Chicago and other big cities controlled by Democrats, has seen a wave of violence and murder overtake officials in the last month.
During a contentious press conference yesterday, Kayleigh McEnany, President Trump’s Press Secretary, said the Democrat mayors aren’t helping things.
“This rhetoric is unhelpful and gives the violence we have seen a pass,” she said.
“When more people are dying on the streets of Chicago than Afghanistan and Iraq, it’s a tragedy,” she added.
After yesterday’s shooting, Chicago residents would likely agree.
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