Chicago, United States:
Fourteen people were injured in a gunfight before a funeral in Chicago on Tuesday when President Donald Trump threatened to send federal agents to a handful of U.S. cities led by democratic mayors.
The episode began when occupants of a vehicle "started shooting at a funeral attendee. At that time, the funeral attendees were exchanging fire," Eric Carter, vice president of police for Chicago, told reporters.
The shootings have become breathtakingly normal this summer in the United States. According to local media, a total of 63 people were shot dead and 12 killed in Chicago over the weekend.
Carter said 14 people were injured in Tuesday's shooting, but did not report the severity.
Trump's threat to send more military-clad law enforcement agencies to U.S. cities was primarily a response to the protests against racism that shook the country after a white Minneapolis police officer killed after the death of African-American George Floyd in May.
After the Department of Homeland Security sent numerous border police and federal marshals – many in combat suits – to Portland, Oregon last week, Trump said he could do so in other Democratic-led cities like Chicago and New York.
According to reports, the DHS was preparing to send 150 paramilitary workers to Chicago after police clashed with demonstrators there who wanted to tear down a statue of Christopher Columbus.
Trump described the move as necessary and even claimed that Chicago was "worse than Afghanistan".
The president has also selected Philadelphia, Detroit, Baltimore and Oakland as potential cities for the deployment of federal agents.
On Monday, the mayors of six major cities – Atlanta, Washington, Seattle, Chicago, Portland and Kansas City – said in a letter to incumbent Secretary of State for Internal Security, Chad Wolf, and Attorney General, Bill Barr, that the unwanted paramilitary operations against the Violate the constitution.