At least 60 shell casings were recovered from the scene at 79th Street and Carpenter Street in Chicago’s Auburn Gershman neighborhood, where the exchange of gunfire erupted shortly before 7:30 pm., police said.
First Deputy Superintendent Eric Carter said the shooting started when a black car drove by the funeral and opened fire on mourners, several of whom returned fire on the vehicle.
“At which time the vehicle midway down the block crashed and came to a halt,” Carter told reporters.
“The occupants of the vehicle then exited in multiple directions and fled. We currently have a person of interest being interviewed by our detective in the area.”
“There are 14 victims being treated at area hospitals,” he said. “Conditions are unknown at this time.”
The shooting comes as the Windy City continues to be plagued by a rash of gunplay.
Police said 25 people were shot in on Monday, four of them fatally. That followed a weekend that saw 63 shooting victims and 12 people killed by gunfire.
14 people were shot and wounded in a barrage of gunfire at a Chicago funeral Tuesday, with police now combing the neighborhood for suspects.
Police did not release details of the funeral and said the investigation is ongoing.
“Currently the detectives will be conducting a canvass for the rest of this evening and early tomorrow,” Carter said. “We are hoping that the community, if you have any video or anybody that knowns anything, will help detectives in their canvass and offer any information that will help solve this crime.”
Carter said there had been a Chicago police car at the funeral “as a precaution.”