CHICAGO — At least six people were shot Monday after a funeral in the Burnside neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, authorities said.
The shooting happened around 12:20 p.m. in the 9200 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a tweet.
One male was critically injured when he was shot in the head, Chicago police Sgt. Rocco Alioto said. Five other adults wounded in the shooting were stabilized at area hospitals.
“Early reports indicate the shooting allegedly occurred … as the services ended and people were getting in their cars,” Guglielmi tweeted.
Police arrived to a “chaotic scene” with shell casings spanning two blocks, Alioto said. No one was in custody in connection with the shooting.
Four people were treated at the University of Chicago Medical Center, including the male who was in critical condition. His age was unknown. Also treated there were a 25-year-old man shot in the arm, a 27-year-old woman shot in the leg and lower body and a 23-year-old man shot in the leg.
A 23-year-old man was stabilized at Advocate Trinity Hospital, and an 18-year-old man was stabilized at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
The shooting appears to have happened outside Bethlehem Star Missionary Baptist Church, 9231 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
Inside the church was a funeral for a 25-year-old man fatally shot Oct. 9 in the Washington Park neighborhood, Chicago police confirmed.
Bernie Jordan, 60, was on his way home from visiting his sister Monday morning. He got off the bus between Cottage Grove Avenue and 92nd Street, then saw a man jump out of a black car holding a large gun with a “long, tall straight clip” attached, he said. Two “boys with big-ass guns started shooting,” Jordan said.
Then Jordan started running.
“It scared me, man,” he said, imitating how he ducked and ran behind a building, taking a long detour to get to his home only a block away. “There were bullets flying everyplace down there.”
Jordan said he heard two rounds of shots, one with about 15 shots, the other 30.
“This used to be a nice neighborhood,” said Jordan, who’s lived here for 30 years. “But now, shoot, they’re into a war over here.”
A 17-year-old boy was seriously injured when he was shot in the leg in front of the same church last September. The boy hobbled into the church for help after the shooting, according to local news reports.
A gunman had fired near the church while it celebrated its 25th anniversary, WGN reported at the time. A man inside the church was also grazed in the head, the station reported.
The scene is also several blocks from Chatham Academy High School, where three teens were shot and injured outside of the school last month. The teens — 16, 17 and 18 — were shot in the 700 block of East 91st Street. Two of them rushed back into the school for help.
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