At least six people were injured when gunfire erupted outside a funeral in the Brighton Heights neighborhood of Pittsburgh Friday, police said.
Pittsburgh Police Commander Richard Ford told reporters one victim was in critical condition and five others were stable after a shooting outside of Destiny of Faith Church at approximately 12:04 p.m.
“At this time, we don’t have any information regarding suspects that we are going to release,” Ford said at a news conference.
He added there “most likely” is more than one suspect.
Later that evening, at approximately 11:35 p.m., Pittsburgh Public Safety said two persons of interest had been detained in connection with the shooting.
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Pittsburgh Public Safety said there were a total of six victims after gunfire erupted in the area of the 3700 block of Brighton Road. Five of the victims sustained gunshot injuries.
“First Responders found one victim suffering from gunshot wounds in the immediate area of Destiny of Faith Church. Paramedics transported the victim to a local hospital in critical condition,” the Public Safety said.
“Four other people were also shot. Three self-transported to local hospitals and another victim was found in the area of Langtry Street and transported by EMS,” the statement continued.
“A sixth person was also injured and treated at the hospital. It was later determined that he was not shot, but hurt while trying to escape,” officials added.’=
A staff member at Destiny of Faith Church told Fox News Digital the shooting happened during a funeral service.
“It was a funeral. It was outside the church. All of our staff are fine,” Rev. Nicita Moses said.
According to Action News 4, the funeral service was for John James Hornezes Jr., who was killed in a shooting on Pittsburgh’s North Side Oct. 15.
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A witness reportedly said someone drove by the church in a vehicle and fired shots.
Police could not confirm it was a drive-by shooting and said the matter is still under investigation.
“I just pray to God, whoever it is, whatever it is, they’re going to repent,” said Page Davis, Hornezes’ godmother. She was reportedly inside the church when shots rang out.
“They better get on their knees and repent. God’s sitting high, looking low, and everybody will reap what they sow. This is so devastating to the families,” she added.
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Another witness told Channel 11 News the shooting was “senseless.”
“We need to stop with this violence. We need to love each other. We need to communicate with each other. We need to reason with one another. This isn’t the way. This isn’t the way, this is out of hand,” she said.
Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire, Pittsburgh Bureau of EMS, and Pittsburgh Emergency Management & Homeland Security also responded to the initial scene.
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