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Six people were wounded outside a Pittsburgh church during a funeral for a man killed in a shooting, officials say

Two “people of interest” have been detained, the Pittsburgh Public Safety Department said late Friday.
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PITTSBURGH — Six people were wounded Friday afternoon outside a church that was holding a funeral for a man who was killed in a shooting two weeks earlier, officials said.

At 12:04 p.m. police were alerted to about five shots fired outside Destiny of Faith Church on Brighton Road on the city's north side. Immediately after, police were alerted to 15 additional gunshots, Pittsburgh Police Commander Richard Ford said at a news conference.

Four of the victims took themselves to a local hospital and are stable.

One person in critical condition was taken by ambulance, Ford said. The sixth victim initially left the scene but was later hospitalized in stable condition.

Ford declined to give their names or ages.

The Pittsburgh Public Safety Department said late Friday that two "people of interest" have been detained. On Saturday, police identified them as Shawn Davis, 19, and a 16-year-old boy. NBC News is not naming the 16-year-old because he is a minor.

Both suspects are being held at the Allegheny County Jail on multiple offenses including criminal attempt homicide, criminal conspiracy, aggravated assault and firearms charges.

The scene outside a church where officers said "multiple shots" were fired in Pittsburgh on Friday.
The scene outside a church where officers said "multiple shots" were fired in Pittsburgh on Friday.NBC News

A spokesperson with Destiny of Faith confirmed the shooting happened outside while a funeral was being held, but did not share other details.

The service was for John James Hornezes Jr., who was killed in another shooting, police said. He was among three people gunned down Oct. 15 on Cedar Avenue, NBC affiliate WPXI reported. Jacquelyn C. Mehalic, 33, and Betty J. Averytt, 59, were also killed in that shooting.

A motive remains unclear in Friday's shooting, although Ford told reporters that there appears to be "a dispute going on."

He said there was "most likely" more than one shooter.