Pittsburgh shooting: Multiple shots fired, remains an ‘active scene’ with unknown number of victims, officials say



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At least six people were injured after a shooting erupted Friday outside a Pittsburgh church where a funeral was being held, according to Pittsburgh Police Chief Rick Ford.

One victim initially reported in critical condition is now in stable condition, among five others who were also treated for injuries, Pittsburgh Police Commander Richard Ford said at a second news conference Friday afternoon.

At least one of the victims was transported to Children’s Hospital in stable condition, Ford said.

Special Agent Robert Cucinotta told CNN that agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives “are on scene assisting the Pittsburgh Police Department with this incident.”

“We cannot comment further on this matter,” Cucinotta added.

Police were alerted to the activation of ShotSpotter shortly after noon Friday. The first alert indicated five shots, and the second alert indicated 15 shots, Ford said. Once at the scene, responding officers determined gunshots were heard outside the church. Ford said at least some of the people who were shot attended the funeral.

Ford said during the second news conference on Friday that the incident “appears obviously to be the result of a targeted shooting.”

“We feel that there are people out there who are going to commit gun violence, and that’s a danger to anyone when that happens,” Ford said.

Six patients from the shooting were transported to Allegheny General Hospital, according to Dan Laurent, a spokesman for Allegheny Health Network.

Ford also confirmed there were multiple alleged shooters involved in the incident, but did not offer further information on potential suspects. The investigation, including video review of the incident, is ongoing, Ford said.

Ford also said of the six shooting victims, four were self-transported to nearby hospitals and two were transported by medics. He declined to release their ages or other identifying information at this time because police are still working to notify their families.

All schools in the vicinity of the shooting have been notified that the area is now safe to dismiss students, Ford said.

Destiny of Faith, former pastor of the Church, Rev. Brenda Gregg, said in her 30 years of pastoral ministry work, Friday’s shooting “was one of the most devastating days of [her] life.”

Gregg added that it was a difficult time “to do a funeral for a young man and to be able to work with his family to close what happened in their lives, that we had people who came to church and shot guns after people.”

Despite the shooting, the church will continue its Halloween harvest event to continue to bring the community together, Gregg said.

“As we think about it, I think we’re stronger together, and we want to continue to have these things that would make sense in the community, and that’s what we need a place for our kids to come,” Gregg said. .

Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey acknowledged that the community and the victims’ families are hurting and that Friday’s shooting was something they did not expect to happen.

“Just never imagined it. Never, that we would shoot over sacred ground,” said Gainey. “We will work 24/7 to do whatever is necessary to arrest the person who did this heinous thing today.”

Gainey also encouraged the community to come forward with any information that could help the police investigation and help the community heal from the incident.

“If you work with us, if you talk to us, we will find justice, and we will find healing,” Gainey said.

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