September 20, 2020

14 People Are Shot Near Chicago Funeral Home

CHICAGO — Fourteen people were shot on Tuesday night near a funeral home on the South Side of Chicago, a city where President Trump has said he wants to send federal agents to help curb violence.

The details of the shooting, which comes amid a surge of gun violence in the city, were confirmed by an official from the Chicago Police Department. At least 336 people were killed through July 2, sending Chicago toward one of its deadliest years since the mid-1990s.

Mr. Trump said this week that he planned to soon deploy about 150 federal law enforcement officials to Chicago, but Mayor Lori Lightfoot voiced concern about the role they might play.

“The deployment of unnamed special secret agents onto our streets to detain people without cause and to effectively take away their civil rights and civil liberties without due process — that is not going to happen in Chicago,” she said in a news conference on Tuesday.

The summer violence in Chicago and other cities may be exacerbated by the devastating health and economic effects of the coronavirus. There has also been a groundswell against systemic racism and police violence after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Robert Chiarito reported from Chicago and Will Wright from New York.