Whilst Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was accusing President Trump of making an attempt to “terrorize” her metropolis by sending in federal forces to quell skyrocketing crime, bullets have been flying Tuesday night outdoors a South Facet 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 plenty of 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 concerning 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 might 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 house when a black car with a number of occupants drove previous round 6:30 p.m. native time, in keeping with police. Sources instructed the Chicago Sun-Times the funeral was for Donnie Weathersby, 31, who was gunned down final week a few mile and half northeast of the funeral parlor. Police couldn’t but decide if the shootings have been gang-related or if the shooters and victims knew one another.
A few of the mourners exchanged gunfire with the individuals contained in the car earlier than it crashed down the block. The victims have been taken to 5 hospitals, the place they have been listed circumstances starting from critical to vital. Not less than one individual has been arrested however police haven’t given a motive or stated if the shooter and the victims knew one another, the Chicago Tribune reported.
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 ways 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 stated, in keeping with FOX 32 in Chicago.
Cities regularly work with federal companies on circumstances involving medicine and violent crime.
A neighbor who lives close to the funeral house stated she went outdoors after 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 stated 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 stated town would go to courtroom 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 referred to as White Home press secretary a “Karen” on Twitter after Kayleigh McEnany stated 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 lady who appears entitled.
On Friday, Chicago noticed extra unrest as police and rioters clashed close to town’s Christopher Columbus statue in Grant Park. Almost 20 law enforcement officials have been injured as rioters hurled objects at them.
Tuesday’s taking pictures 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 yr, FOX 32 reported.
The newest taking pictures got here a day after greater than 20 individuals have been shot within the metropolis Monday and after a lethal weekend through 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 Legal professional Normal 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.