Police arrived at the scene in the city’s South Side neighborhood and saw five people had been shot, Chicago Police Chief Don Jerome of the Ninth District said during a news conference.
“The officers immediately tried to carry out life-saving measures on those who were shot, and they were met by a hostile crowd,” Jerome said. “Members of the local community and gang members from this crowd actively fought the police while trying to take care of the victims.”
One person died and two others sustained serious injuries, he said. The two other people who were shot are in stable condition, police add.
No officers were injured, Jerome said.
Total firearm killings increased by about 35% between 2019 and 2020, the CDC report said.
By 2020, 79% of all homicides involved weapons, according to the CDC, which is somewhat higher than in the previous five years.
Meanwhile in Chicago, police said they found three weapons related to the shooting.
After analyzing private video taken from the scene, police discovered that a vehicle fled the scene and crashed several streets away, according to Jerome.
Two weapons were found from the vehicle and a third weapon was found from the scene. Police are currently searching for the passengers in the vehicle and no one has been arrested at this time, the police chief said.
“There is a historic gang conflict between two rival gangs here. We do not believe that society is being targeted, but that it is specific gang members who are targeting each other in this historic conflict,” Jerome added.