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Gunmen Open Fire Outside Rapper’s Funeral, Injure 6 As Mourners Scramble Into Church

The victims had just left a church when they were shot at, police said.

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CHICAGO — A funeral for a slain South Side rapper ended in chaos Monday when gunmen opened fire outside the service, wounding six people, including another rapper.

The funeral was reportedly for 25-year-old Vantrease Criss, who rapped under the name Dooski The Man. He was shot and killed Oct. 9 in the 5600 block of South Michigan Avenue.

His funeral was held Monday at the Bethlehem Star Missionary Baptist Church at 9231 S. Cottage Grove Ave.

At 12:15 p.m., as people were walking out of a church and getting into their cars, someone fired shots at them, police said.

One of the wounded was a fellow rapper who goes by the name Wooski, according to the hip blog AllHipHop.com. He survived.

The church’s paster, Roosevelt Watkins, told WBBM Newsradio that mourners came running back into the church, and they secured the door.

“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,” Watkins told WBBM.

The victims:

• A man or boy, whose age was not immediately available, was hit in his head. He was in critical condition.
• A 27-year-old woman was shot in her leg and lower body. Her condition was not available but she was listed as “stable,” police said.
• A 25-year-old man was hit in his arm. His condition was not available but he was listed as “stable,” police said.
• A 24-year-old man was hit in his leg. His condition was not available but he was listed as “stable,” police said.
• An 18-year-old man was shot in his buttocks. His condition was not available but he was listed as “stable,” police said.
• A 23-year-old man was hit in his leg. He was taken to Trinity Hospital, where his condition was not available but he was listed as “stable,” police said.

All of the victims except for the 23-year-old man were taken to University of Chicago Medical Center.

The shooting followed a funeral or memorial service, said Anthony Guglielmi, a Chicago Police spokesman, in a tweet. Guglielmi asked people to avoid the area shortly after the shooting.