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

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


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

One person injured in the shooting remains in critical condition and is being treated at Allegheny General Hospital, while the other five victims are in stable condition at area hospitals, Ford said at a news conference.

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

Police were alerted to two ShotSpotter activations shortly after noon on Friday. The first warning indicated five rounds had been fired, and the second indicated 15 rounds, Ford said. At the scene, police officers determined that the shooting was heard in front of the church. At least some of those killed are believed to have attended the funeral, Ford said.

Authorities do not have any information on a motive at this time, nor do they have any information to release regarding potential suspects, he added. It has also not been determined where the shots were fired from, what kind of weapon was used, or whether anyone was the target of the shooting, according to Ford.

Six patients from the shooting were taken to Allegheny General Hospital, said Dan Laurent, spokesman for Allegheny Health Network.

Police believe there was “most likely” more than one gunman, but Ford stressed the investigation is still in its early stages. When asked if gang activity may have been involved, Ford said, “We believe there is an ongoing dispute, we are looking into it.”

Ford also said of the six shooting victims, four were 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 families.

All schools near the shooting have also been notified that the area is now safe to dismiss students, Ford said.

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