At the same time as Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was accusing President Trump of attempting to “terrorize” her metropolis by sending in federal forces to quell skyrocketing crime, bullets have been flying Tuesday night exterior a South Facet funeral dwelling in a surprising fusillade of gunfire that left at least 14 people wounded.
Lightfoot’s Twitter message vowing to bar the feds and referring to the Trump administration as a “dictatorship” went out virtually concurrently because the drive-by assault, and on a day when quite a few different shootings occurred elsewhere within the metropolis.
“Under no circumstances will I allow Donald Trump’s troops to come to Chicago and terrorize our residents,” Lightfoot wrote.
“We don’t welcome dictatorship,” the mayor added in a newspaper interview.
“We don’t welcome dictatorship.”
After information unfold in regards to the funeral dwelling shootings, Lightfoot vowed these accountable could be held accountable.
“Too many weapons are on our streets and within the fingers of people that ought to by no means possess them,” Lightfoot wrote. “These people will likely be held accountable. I ask that anybody with data on this incident please come ahead or sumbit a tip anonymously at cpdtip.com.”
The victims have been fired upon whereas leaving the funeral dwelling when a fast-moving car rode previous round 6:30 p.m. native time, in line with police.
Among the mourners shot again on the car earlier than it crashed down the block. The victims have been taken to 5 hospitals in severe and important situation. At the least one particular person has been arrested however police haven’t given a motive or mentioned if the shooter and the victims knew one another, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The funeral was for a 31-year-old man fatally shot final week close to Tuesday’s capturing, The Chicago Solar-Occasions reported, citing sources.
On Monday, President Trump vowed to send federal forces into town.
Will work ‘collaboratively’
That very same day, Lightfoot instructed MSNBC she wouldn’t permit “tyranny” in Chicago – a reference to controversial techniques utilized by federal brokers despatched into Portland, Ore., to quell rioting – however admitted Tuesday town could be working “collaboratively” with the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to deliver down violent crime, the Tribune reported.
“All those agencies are here. They’ve been here for decades. They have ongoing cases that they’re investigating,” Lightfoot mentioned, in line with FOX 32 in Chicago.
Cities often work with federal companies on instances involving medication and violent crime.
A neighbor who lives close to the funeral dwelling mentioned she went exterior once they heard gunshots.
“All we saw was bodies just laying everywhere. They were shot up everywhere,” Arnita Geder instructed the Sun-Times. “We thought it was a war out here. It’s ridiculous all the shooting that’s going on out here, it really has to stop.”
Lightfoot mentioned Tuesday town welcomes precise “partnership” with the federal authorities.
“But we do not welcome dictatorship, we do not welcome authoritarianism and we do not welcome unconstitutional arrest and detainment of our residents,” she instructed the Tribune.
She mentioned town would go to court docket if the federal authorities deployed “unnamed federal special secret agents onto our streets to detain people without cause and effectively take away their civil rights and their civil liberties without due process,” referring once more to Portland.
Feud with McEnany
Final Thursday, Lightfoot known as White Home press secretary a “Karen” on Twitter after Kayleigh McEnany mentioned Lightfoot was a “derelict mayor” amid Chicago’s escalating violence.
“Hey Karen, watch your mouth,” Lightfoot tweeted in reference to McEnany.
“Karen” is a pejorative phrase often referring to a middle-aged white girl who appears entitled.
On Friday, Chicago noticed extra unrest as police and rioters clashed close to town’s Christopher Columbus statue in Grant Park. Practically 20 cops have been injured as rioters hurled objects at them.
Tuesday’s capturing was one of many worst within the metropolis’s current reminiscence and comes as greater than 2,000 individuals have been shot in Chicago this 12 months, FOX 32 reported.
The most recent capturing got here a day after greater than 20 individuals have been shot within the metropolis Monday and after a lethal weekend during which 63 individuals have been shot and 12 have been killed.
Lightfoot was amongst a number of big-city mayors demanding the withdrawal of “federal forces” earlier this week in two letters to Lawyer Basic Invoice Barr and Appearing Homeland Safety Secretary Chad Wolf and Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Chief Chuck Schumer, and Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell.
Fox Information’ Louis Casiano contributed to this report.