A mass shooting rocked Chicago this week as President Donald Trump moved to contain violence there that is quickly spiraling out of control.
According to the Washington Examiner, 15 mourners were shot outside of a funeral home in the city’s South Side on Tuesday. Just a day later, President Trump announced that he would be sending a “surge” of federal agents to the Windy City to combat “the menace of violent crime,” as Fox News reported.
According to the Examiner, the Tuesday shooting took place at a funeral in Gresham for a man who died in a drive-by shooting last week.
Police believe that three suspects in a stolen Chevy opened fire on the crowd of mourners, who shot back, before the suspects crashed their vehicle and fled the scene, Fox News reported. Police say that the attack is gang-related and that squad cars were parked outside of the event as a precaution.
Chicago has long had a problem with gangs, but violence in Chicago and other cities has gone up amid unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in late May. One witness to the mass shooting on Tuesday compared the scene to a war zone.
“All we saw was just bodies laying everywhere,” Arnita Geder said, according to the Examiner. “Shot up everywhere, all over. Legs, stomach, back, all over the place. We thought it was a war out here.”
Hours after the mass shooting, a 3-year old girl was shot in the head in South Shore in a separate incident, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Out of control violence
President Trump, for his part, has often blamed crime in major cities on Democratic leaders, with Chicago being a top target. As Fox noted, he sent federal agents to the city on Wednesday to get control of the chaos.
“Frankly, we have no choice,” the president said at the White House, according to Fox. “Perhaps no citizens have suffered more from the menace of violent crime than the wonderful people of Chicago.”
Trump promised a “surge” of agents to other cities as well, but Democratic mayors including Chicago’s Lori Lightfoot have expressed opposition after Trump’s so-called “storm troopers” in Portland stirred controversy, Fox notes. Lightfoot said Tuesday that she would not “allow Donald Trump’s troops to come to Chicago and terrorize our residents,” according to Fox, and instead pleaded with the public for help.
“We cannot give the killers, the shooters, any shelter,” she said, as Fox reported. “Someone listening at this moment knows who is responsible for these and other crimes… I implore you not to be silent in this moment.”
However, Lightfoot apparently soon realized that rhetoric won’t be enough; according to the New York Post, she has since accepted Trump’s offer.