Pittsburgh Police Commander Richard Ford said six people were injured in a shooting outside a Pittsburgh church where a 20-year-old man was being cremated, who was recently shot and killed. Authorities announced Saturday that two people, including a juvenile, have been charged with attempt to murder in connection with Friday’s shooting.
All six victims were in stable condition after the attack, which Ford called a “targeted shooting”.
Ford initially reported that six people had been shot. However, the Pittsburgh Public Safety Department later clarified that only five people suffered gunshot wounds, and a sixth person was injured trying to flee the scene.
Ford said police received a Shotspotter report after 12 p.m. Friday that five shots had been fired in the area of Destiny of Faith Church. Another alert came soon after about 15 additional bullets were fired.
Police responded to the church, where a funeral was being held for John Hornez, one of three people killed in aIn the city on October 15, according to , Friday’s shooting took place outside the church, Ford said.
According to Ford, four victims were taken to the hospital. One person was referred from the spot in a serious condition. A sixth victim had left the scene and was then taken to a hospital. Ford said one victim was taken to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, while the other was taken to Allegheny General Hospital. His age was not released.
Police said on Friday afternoon that the victim in critical condition has been upgraded to a stable condition.
Police have yet to have a motive for the shooting, but Ford said, “there is reason to believe that clearly specific people were targeted.”
Ford said there were “many” suspects and that police had “good video” of the incident.
Late Friday, Pittsburgh Public Safety reported that two people of interest had been taken into custody. On Saturday, the department announced that 19-year-old Sean Davis and a 16-year-old boy had been arrested in connection with criminal attempt, criminal conspiracy, aggravated assault and shooting on firearms charges.
“It is probably, in my pastoral ministry that I have been doing for over 30 years, it has been one of the most devastating days of my life, I would say,” Rev. Brenda Gregg, pastor of Destiny of Faith Church, Friday afternoon press Said during the conference.
The investigation continues.