CHICAGO — Fourteen people were shot on Tuesday evening near a funeral home on the South Side of Chicago, a city where President Trump has said he wants to send federal agents to help curb violence.
Someone fired shots from a car toward a group of people who were attending a funeral, according to Eric Carter, a first deputy superintendent with the Chicago Police Department. Some among the group at the funeral returned fire, he said.
The police recovered 60 shell casings at the scene. The car was found abandoned not far away.
Victims were being treated at five hospitals but their conditions were not known. The shooting came amid a surge of gun violence in the city. As of early July, at least 336 people were killed, sending Chicago toward one of its deadliest years since the mid-1990s.
Police officials said they had not determined a motive for the shooting, and that one person was being questioned. It was unclear what the person’s connection to the shooting was.
Mr. Trump said this week that he planned to soon deploy about 150 federal law enforcement officials to Chicago, but Mayor Lori Lightfoot voiced concern about the role they might play.
“The deployment of unnamed special secret agents onto our streets to detain people without cause and to effectively take away their civil rights and civil liberties without due process — that is not going to happen in Chicago,” she said in a news conference on Tuesday.
In Portland, Ore., federal agents in military garb have clashed with demonstrators this week, drawing widespread criticism as well as a lawsuit from Oregon’s attorney general.
The summer violence in large cities may be exacerbated this year by the devastating health and economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. There has also been a groundswell against systemic racism and police violence after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
The Black Lives Matter protests that swept the country after Mr. Floyd’s death were largely peaceful demonstrations that included some property destruction; certain police departments responded to the crowds by aggressively firing tear gas and rubber bullets.
But Mr. Trump, who trails Joseph R. Biden Jr. in the polls for November’s election, has described cities as out of control, using the unrest for what critics say are political purposes. He said that in addition to Chicago and Portland, he would also consider sending federal agents to New York, Philadelphia and Detroit — which he emphasized are led by Democrats.
Robert Chiarito reported from Chicago and Will Wright from New York.