At least six people were shot while attending the funeral of a 20-year-old man who was shot and killed in Pittsburgh recently, Police Chief Richard Ford said Friday afternoon. All six victims are in stable condition after the attack, which Ford called “targeted shooting.”
Shortly after 12 a.m. Friday, police received a ShotSpotter tip that five shots had been fired in the area of Destiny of Faith Church, Ford said. Another warning came shortly after 15 more shots had been fired.
Police responded to the church, where a funeral was being held for John Harness, one of the three killed. Shooting In the city on Oct. 15, according to CBS Pittsburgh. Friday’s shooting happened outside the church, Ford said.
According to Ford, four victims were self-transported to the hospital. One person was transported from the scene in critical condition. A sixth victim left the scene and was taken to hospital. One victim was taken to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, while the others went to Allegheny General Hospital, Ford said. Their ages were not released.
The victim, who was in critical condition, was upgraded to stable condition, police said Friday afternoon.
Police do not yet have a motive for the shooting, but Ford said they “have reason to believe specific individuals were targeted.”
Ford added that there were “multiple” suspects and that police had “good video” of the incident.
“It was probably, I would say, one of the most devastating days of my life in my pastoral ministry that I’ve been doing for over 30 years,” Rev. Brenda Gregg, pastor of Destiny of Faith Church, said during a press conference Friday afternoon.
The investigation is ongoing.
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