3 gunshots fired while attending a funeral in Roseland

Three men were injured Saturday when a gunman fired from a gray car at a group of people attending a funeral at a church in the far south.

The shooting erupted around 2:30 p.m. when family members who attended mass gathered for a photo outside the Universal Community Missionary Baptist Church in Roseland, according to Chicago police and a witness at the scene.

Police said the group was standing in Block 100 of East 108th Street when the gunman opened fire as the car was driving nearby.

Police said a 20-year-old man was shot in the abdomen, shoulder and leg, and a 37-year-old man was shot in the right thigh. Both were taken to Roseland Hospital. A 25-year-old man who was shot in the back was taken to Crest Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Police said the three are listed in good condition.

Karim House said he was attending his cousin Mike Nash’s funeral when the shooting began.

“We’re not from here, we don’t know what’s going on,” said House, who came from California for the service.

House lifted his shirt to show the mark on his body where the bullet had hit him, but said he did not need medical attention.

House said his cousin was a “nice guy” who worked as an anti-violence activist and died of a heart attack.

Reverend Donovan Price, who does street outreach and prevent violence in the city, said funerals “must be an event of love” and said it was unfortunate that Nash’s service was interrupted by the violence.

“For something like this to happen in the middle of it, it’s almost twice as shocking,” Price said.

Price said Nash, affectionately nicknamed “Big Mike,” was well known in the area.

“Big Mike, everyone knows him, and I know him. I know he wasn’t happy” about the shooting, added Price.

Police sealed off the area around the church after shooting with police tape during investigation and interviews with neighbors.

No arrests were reported.



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