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Six people were injured outside a Pittsburgh church during the funeral of a man killed in a shooting, officials say

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PITTSBURGH — Six people were injured Friday afternoon outside a church holding the funeral of a man killed two weeks earlier in a shooting, officials said.

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

Four of the victims have checked into a local hospital and are stable.

One person in critical condition was transported 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 Department of Public Safety said Friday night that two “persons of interest” had been arrested. 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 underage.

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

The scene outside a church where officers said “multiple shots” were fired in Pittsburgh on Friday.BNC News

A Destiny of Faith spokesperson confirmed the shooting happened outside as a funeral was taking place, but did not share further details.

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

The motive for Friday’s shooting remains unclear, although Ford told reporters there appears to be “an ongoing dispute.”

He said there was “most likely” more than one shooter.