Multiple People Shot After South Side Funeral

Steve Miller
October 22, 2018 - 1:00 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A shooting following a funeral service Monday afternoon in the Burnside neighborhood left six people wounded.

The shooting happened about 12:15 p.m. after a funeral service outside Bethlehem Star Missionary Baptist Church, 9231 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago police said.

Pastor Roosevelt Watkins of Bethlehem Star Church said people came into the church running for their lives.

"We closed the door.  We secured the door,” he told WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller.

Watkins said he was afraid for his own life: "Shots were so close … So, we could literally hear them outside the church, and it was like an M-16 going off in rapid fire."

Across the street there is daycare center with 25 children, aged 2 to 6.

Daycare owner Sherri Savage said they heard dozens of shots. Staff tried to reassure the children.

“We don’t know what else to tell them. You just hug them and tell them it’s going to be all right.”

The funeral was for a 25-year-old Vantrease R. Criss of Chicago who was shot and killed Oct. 9 in the Washington Park neighborhood on the South Side, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The most seriously wounded was a 21-year-old man who was shot in the head and in critical condition at University of Chicago Medical Center, police said. His age was not immediately known.

Also at U. of C. Medical Center were a 25-year-old man shot in the arm, a 27-year-old woman shot in the leg and lower body and a 24-year-old man male shot in the leg, police said. An 18-year-old man was shot and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, and a 23-year-old man shot in the leg was taken to Advocate Trinity Hospital. All five had been stabilized.