Several people were shot, including a woman who later died in hospital, during an event held in Chicago to remember a man who died four years ago in a car accident.
A large group of people had gathered at 1 a.m. to celebrate the man’s fatal crash when there was an altercation and gunfire erupted, according to Deputy Chief Adnardo Gutierrez of the Chicago Police Department.
Police arrived at the scene within minutes, he added.
Seven people were injured and one of them, a 25-year-old woman, was later pronounced dead at Mount Sinai hospital, Gutierrez said.
The victims of the shooting were hospitalized with a variety of injuries; a 29-year-old man who was shot in the chest remains in critical condition.
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“They were out there partying and then something happened and there was a verbal altercation and someone started shooting, or more people started shooting,” Gutierrez said.
It is still under investigation how many people opened fire, but Mr Gutierrez said the shots were fired by one or more people who were taking part in the commemoration. No one was held in custody until Sunday morning.
He said a witness had told officers an altercation had occurred before the shooting, which occurred while the group was on a street in the Austin neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side.
The other five victims were between the ages of 17 and 29 and were in stable condition in the hospital, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Mr. Gutierrez said detectives were still working to find and question witnesses. He urged anyone with information about the shooting to contact police.