2 men critically wounded in drive-by shooting as mourners leave Chicago funeral home

Two people were shot and critically wounded outside a funeral home Wednesday morning on Chicago's South Side.

Around 11 a.m., officials say the male victims were standing near the sidewalk in the 7800 block of S. Cottage Grove Avenue in Greater Grand Crossing when a vehicle drove by and an occupant inside pulled out a gun and fired shots.

A 38-year-old man was struck in the face, head and neck, and transported to University of Chicago Hospital in critical condition, police said.

A 43-year-old man was shot in the jaw and took himself to the same hospital in critical condition.

Chicago police were requested in advance to maintain a presence outside the funeral home because it was a service for a crime victim — Jhacarion Johnson, who was shot and killed on Aug. 3 in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.

Even still, authorities say a gunman brazenly shot at mourners with an extended clip attached to his weapon, making it automatic.

"A police car was right out front when all this happened and police witnessed it. They took off chasing after the guys," said an employee of the funeral home.


More than 50 gunshots were fired from the vehicle, which was stolen, according to sources.

The area is unfortunately a hot spot for crime. Alderman Hall said illegal guns, especially with extended clips, continue to plague Chicago streets.

Nobody was reported in custody.

Police were able to recover surveillance video from the area, which will hopefully lead them to the shooter or shooters involved.

The investigation is ongoing.