Gunmen fire at a funeral in Chicago with 14 people shot and eyewitnesses reporting seeing “bodies lying everywhere”.
Occupants of a vehicle opened fire on the funeral attendees in the city’s South Side on Tuesday evening and attendees began firing back, police have said.
Some 60 shell casings were found at the scene, in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood, and one person is in custody, First Deputy Superintendent Eric Carter said at a news conference.
Fourteen victims were being treated at five hospitals, he said, adding that their conditions were not yet known.
Carter confirmed a squad car was assigned to the funeral after police were informed a retaliatory strike could take place.
Residents reported hearing gunshots before seeing victims in the street at in the 1000 block of W. 79th St. outside of a funeral home.
Chicago Fire Department had previously said at least 11 victims had been taken to hospital and some were in a critical condition.
They said Advocate Christ Medical Center and the University of Chicago Medical Center received most of the victims.
Sources have described a planned ambush outside where a memorial service for a murder victim was taking place, reports CBS Chicago.
The shooting is understood to have started at around 6.30pm.
“All we saw was just bodies laying everywhere,” resident Arnita Gerder old local reporters.
“Shot up everywhere, all over. Legs, stomach, back, all over the place. We thought it was a war out here.”
Photos show the area has been cordoned off by police.
Over the July 4 weekend, 87 people were wounded by gunfire in Chicago and 17 were killed, including two children.
President Donald Trump has promised to send in 150 federal agents to tackle violence in Chicago.
However, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she would “under no circumstances” allow to happen.