‘Chaos and Savagery': Task Force Formed After Chicago Funeral Shootings

Chicago Police Department Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the shooting followed "a possible funeral or memorial"

Clergy and officials came together Tuesday in response to a shooting outside of a South Side church that ended with six people injured.

Rev. Roosevelt Watkins leads the Bethlehem Star Church near 92nd Street and Cottage Grove where Monday’s shooting took place.

“Yesterday people come to memorialize in the house of hope," Watkins said. "Yesterday they turned it into the house of shame."

Watkins was joined by many including Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin, who has helped form a task force to combat shootings that have happened during funerals.

“Yesterday was a scene out here of chaos and savagery,” Boykin said.

Chicago police say a funeral was taking place at the church when someone started shooting.

“All of sudden shots are fired," Watkins said. "It was just pandemonium."

Watkins and others hope the task force can find solutions to prevent this from happening again.

“The church is sacred, the schools are sacred," Watkins said. "These people have no regards of that.”

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