A Sunday memorial for a Chicago man who was fatally shot earlier in the day quickly devolved into a tragedy of its own when a shootout broke out, leaving two people dead and eight people injured. Police have characterized the incident as “another brazen act of gang violence.”
Authorities claim that the victims were mourning the death of Daniel Cardova, who was gunned down by two men with rifles hiding in a nearby alleyway. At around 5:20 pm, an unknown assailant opened fire on the mourners, leaving a 25-year-old man dead on the scene and a 29-year-old woman fatally wounded.
All eight of the remaining victims – who ranged in ages from 19 to 26 years old and were all treated for gunshot wounds – were said to be in good condition as of Sunday evening.
The Chicago Police Department has now dispatched gang and tactical teams to the area and have expressed optimism that they will be able to track down the perpetrators, with Deputy Chief Kevin Ryan telling the Chicago Tribune that they have a hunch as to who’s behind the shooting.
“We have a fairly good idea who we’re looking for,” he said. “We have a fairly good idea of the conflict involved. And right now we’re trying to saturate the area.”
In recent years, gun-controlled Chicago has reached levels of gun violence not seen since the 1990s. Last year alone, there were 4,400 shooting victims in city limits and almost 800 homicides in total, while the period from January 1 to April 25 this year has already registered over 1,000 shooting victims.