At least three men were injured in a shooting outside a Chicago church as friends and family walked out of a funeral service, officials said.
At a news conference, a church official said the number of those hit or injured could reach five because it’s possible some victims used private vehicles to seek medical help.
The service was for a gang interventionist, known only by his nickname, who was well known in the Roseland community, said an official at the Universal Community Missionary Baptist Church, where the violence took place.
Chicago police said the known victims, all males aged 20, 25 and 37, were hospitalized in good condition. But police later said one of the three was in serious to critical condition, another in fair to serious condition and the third in good to serious condition.
Someone in a gray sedan opened fire as the victims stood in front of the church, police said. No one was in custody and the motive was being investigated.
Pastor Donovan Price, executive director of Chicago-based crisis intervention group Solutions and Resources, told a news conference that those struck Saturday may be connected to the memorial service issue.
He said the interventionist remembered Saturday, whom he identified only as “Big Mike,” was “known for doing good, known for his positivity.”
Chicago has continued to grapple this summer with its notorious and relatively high rate of shootings, a deadly problem that has led political pundits to blame the city’s dominant political affiliation — the Democratic Party.
City leadership defenders have said violence is a disease needs consistent intervention to break cycles of revenge shootings often associated with gangs, but which ones take place more outside than within them.
Ava Kelly contributed.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/three-attending-funeral-services-chicago-church-injured-shooting-rcna39713 Three people attending memorial services at the Chicago Church were shot and wounded