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 had been flying Tuesday night exterior a South Aspect funeral house in a stunning fusillade of gunfire that left at least 15 people wounded.
Lightfoot’s Twitter message vowing to bar the feds and referring to the Trump administration as a “dictatorship” went out nearly concurrently because the drive-by assault, and on a day when various 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 house shootings, Lightfoot vowed these accountable could be held accountable.
“Too many weapons are on our streets and within the palms 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 had been fired upon whereas leaving the funeral house when a black automobile with a number of occupants drove previous round 6:30 p.m. native time, based on police. Sources advised the Chicago Sun-Times the funeral was for Donnie Weathersby, 31, who was gunned down final week a couple of mile and half northeast of the funeral parlor. Police couldn’t but decide if the shootings had been gang-related or if the shooters and victims knew one another.
A number of the mourners exchanged gunfire with the folks contained in the automobile earlier than it crashed down the block. The victims had been taken to 5 hospitals, the place they had been listed situations starting from severe to vital. At the least one individual 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.
On Monday, President Trump vowed to send federal forces into the town.
Will work ‘collaboratively’
That very same day, Lightfoot advised MSNBC she wouldn’t permit “tyranny” in Chicago – a reference to controversial ways utilized by federal brokers despatched into Portland, Ore., to quell rioting – however admitted Tuesday the 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, based on FOX 32 in Chicago.
Cities often work with federal companies on circumstances involving medicine and violent crime.
A neighbor who lives close to the funeral house mentioned she went exterior after they heard gunshots.
“All we saw was bodies just laying everywhere. They were shot up everywhere,” Arnita Geder advised 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 the 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 advised the Tribune.
She mentioned the 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 the town’s Christopher Columbus statue in Grant Park. Almost 20 law enforcement officials had 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 folks have been shot in Chicago this 12 months, FOX 32 reported.
The newest capturing got here a day after greater than 20 folks had been shot within the metropolis Monday and after a lethal weekend wherein 63 folks had been shot and 12 had 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.