Police are hunting two gunmen who opened fire during a Chicago street party in the early hours of Sunday morning, leaving one man dead and a woman injured.
Footage released by law enforcement Wednesday shows as two men pull out guns and begin shooting on Wabash Avenue bridge along the Chicago River.
Gregory Crawford, 35, of Maywood, died after he was shot in the neck while driving past. His female passenger was hit in both arms but is expected to survive.
The victims were two of 63 people were shot, 12 fatally, over the weekend in Chicago.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced he will send federal agents to the city and Albuquerque, New Mexico, to help combat rising crime.
Footage released by cops Wednesday shows as two men pull out guns and begin shooting on Wabash Avenue bridge along the Chicago River on Sunday 2:30am
Police describe the individuals as armed and dangerous, telling the public to not approach them. Gregory Crawford, 35, of Maywood, died after he was shot in the neck while driving past. His female passenger was hit in both arms but is expected to survive
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who had initially blasted the news of extra federal agents, said the U.S. attorney´s office will supervise the additional agents joining existing federal law enforcement offices.
‘If those agents are here to actually work in partnership on support of gun violence and violent cases, plugging into existing infrastructure of federal agents, not trying to play police in our streets, then that´s something different,’ she said, while also accusing the president of trying to distract from scrutiny of the federal response to the pandemic.
In a statement police said of the footage: ‘Detectives are seeking to identify persons who were involved in, or witnessed, the shooting that occurred in the 300 Block of North Wabash on 19 Jul 2020 at around 02:25am.’
The video cuts a man wearing a black top and trousers who police identify as holding a gun
A second suspect, wearing a tank top and a cap, with a weapon is then identified. The two men then draw their guns and shoot out at individuals not shown on screen
Police describe the individuals as armed and dangerous, telling the public to not approach them.
The video begins with a group of men and a woman walking along the bridge at a street party The Chicago Tribune says hundreds attended.
As they continue walking some members of the group turn back around and appear to talk with another group of people.
The video then cuts to a man wearing a black top and trousers, who police identify as holding an weapon. He looks to be holding a gun.
A second suspect, wearing a tank top and a cap, with a weapon is then identified.
The two men then draw their guns and shoot out at individuals not shown on screen. Those nearby dive for cover before fleeing the scene. The two men with guns also run out of picture.
Chicago Police officers investigate the scene of a shooting in Chicago on Tuesday after 14 people were wounded in a shootout at a funeral
The victims were two of 63 people were shot, 12 fatally, over the weekend in Chicago
Sunday morning’s shooting on the bridge came days before an eruption of gunfire outside a funeral home that left 15 injured on Chicago’s South Side on Tuesday.
Police said that was part of an ongoing conflict between rival gang members.
And there was more gun violence early Wednesday when a three-year-old girl was hospitalized in serious condition after being shot in the head while riding in a vehicle with her parents, police said.
More than 2,000 people have been shot in Chicago so far this year, with 25 shot, including four fatally, on Monday alone.
Trump has framed protests in the nation’s large cities as a failure by ‘liberal Democrats’ who run them, praised the officers´ actions and said he was looking to send agents to other cities.
He pointed to rising gun violence in Chicago, the nation´s third-largest city.
‘This bloodshed must end,’ he said. ‘This bloodshed will end.’
President Donald Trump speaks during an event on ‘Operation Legend: Combatting Violent Crime in American Cities,’ in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday
The plan Trump announced Wednesday expands an existing program that sent hundreds of federal agents to Kansas City, Missouri, after a 4-year-old boy´s shooting death to help quell a record rise in violence.
Local authorities there have complained that agents have exacerbated tensions on the streets, while residents have accused the government of violating their constitutional rights.
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf drew a distinction between the mission in Portland – to protect federal property – and the surges in Kansas City, Chicago and Albuquerque to help stop violence.