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Chicago continues to witness shootings as another incident occurred Sunday afternoon in which three people were injured outside a church.
At 2:30 p.m. Sunday, a gray sedan drove past the Universal Community Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago’s south Roseland neighborhood.
He opened fire on a funeral group.
The group took pictures as the shooter passed.
Three people were injured in the crash: a 20-year-old man shot in the abdomen, a 37-year-old man shot in the thigh and a 25-year-old man shot in the back.
The 20-year-old man sustained the most damage and was shot in the abdomen, shoulder and legs.
Despite his injuries, he was transported to Roseland Hospital in good condition.
The 37-year-old man sustained injuries to his right thigh and was also taken to Roseland Hospital in good condition.
The 25-year-old was transported to another hospital.
“I heard something go pop, pop, pop,” said a person who lived nearby.
“I said to my husband, ‘They’re shooting out there.’ He ran to the door, and I said, ‘You come back here! What’re you running out there for?’ You know what I’m saying.
So it’s getting bad. You just gotta pray to God. It’s just terrible.”
Community activist Andrew Holmes stepped in and said, “Paying their respects, going in and coming out, when these individuals discharge this weapon.
“On a day when people should be coming together, should be growing and loving, and now there’s a community in confusion and chaos,” said Rev. Donovan Price.
Children were also present at the funeral and were taken out of the church by the police.
“We’ve got to find out who these individuals are, and I’m saying it over and over again,” Holmes said.
“When these detectives put that paperwork in the state’s attorney’s office, we’re going to have to do more to keep these people inside of there. And it starts at home.”
The Community Universal Missionary Baptist Church funeral was for community figure Mike Nash, better known as “Big Mike.”
Nash was described as a nice guy who worked as an anti-violence activist. Unfortunately, he died of a heart attack.
“Big Mike, everybody knew him, I knew him, and I know he wouldn’t be happy at this type of situation,” Price said.
“Events like this should be a love event, an event where people get together with commonality, and that commonality is a loved one – and to have something like this happen in the middle of it, it’s almost twice as shocking as if it happened at a regular event.”
His cousin Kareem House was in town from California for the funeral when the family got together for a group photo.
As they posed for a photo, shots rang out.
“We’re not even from over here,” he said. “We don’t know what’s going on.”
A slight abrasion hit Kareem House in the center of the abdomen: the wound was not serious enough to require medical attention.
“This to me was a deadly sneak attack, you know, you’re hunting our individuals down for nothing,” Holmes said.
“Whatever beef, whatever rivalry you have, you have just walked away and left it alone. They had to know the funeral was taking place, you had the loved ones with the individual’s pictures on their shirts.”