6 injured at Brighton Heights funeral

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Pittsburgh Police said six people were shot and killed outside a funeral in the city’s Brighton Heights neighborhood on Friday. All six victims are said to be in stable condition, police said. The shooting occurred just after noon outside a funeral service for John James Hornezes, Jr., one of three killed in a shooting on the north side of Pittsburgh on Oct. 15. That service was held at the Destiny of Faith Church on Brighton Street. A source says someone drove past the church in a vehicle and fired shots. Police could not confirm where the shots came from, but said there was “most likely” more than one gunman. Police say they believe the shooting was targeted. Video of the service obtained by Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 shows people inside the church reacting to the shooting, screaming and ducking for cover. Police currently have no information about possible suspects. Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey made a passionate plea for peace in the city. “We need to make sure this never happens again,” Gainey said. The mayor called for an end to the violence several times and begged people not to retaliate. Gainey was asked at one point if he thought the shooting at this funeral was for the mayor said he didn’t have all the information, but again, the Pittsburgh Police Department did confirm that this appeared to be a targeted shooting. Gregg said the church will remain open.

Pittsburgh Police said six people were shot and killed outside a funeral in the city’s Brighton Heights neighborhood on Friday.

All six victims are said to be in stable condition, police said.

The shooting occurred just after noon outside a funeral service for John James Hornezes, Jr., one of three killed in a shooting on the north side of Pittsburgh on Oct. 15. That service was held at the Destiny of Faith Church on Brighton Street.

A source says someone drove past the church in a vehicle and fired shots. Police could not confirm where the shots came from, but said there was “most likely” more than one gunman.

Police say they believe the shooting was targeted.

Brighton Heights shooting scene

Video of the service obtained by Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 shows people inside the church reacting to the shooting, screaming and ducking for cover.

Police currently have no information about possible suspects.

Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey made a passionate plea for peace in the city.

“We need to make sure this never happens again,” Gainey said.

The mayor called for an end to the violence several times and begged people not to retaliate.

Gainey was asked at one point if he thought the shooting at this funeral was in retaliation. The mayor said he didn’t have all the information, but again, the Pittsburgh Police Department did confirm that this appeared to be a targeted shooting.

Reverend Dr. Brenda Gregg of the Destiny of Faith Church called the shooting one of the most devastating days of her life. Gregg said the church will remain open.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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