A Pittsburgh church packed with mourners erupted in panic after gunfire outside left at least six people injured.
At noon on Friday, friends and family of 20-year-old John James Hornezes Jr. gathered to pay their respects in the Destiny of Faith Church in the Brighton Heights neighborhood of northern Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While an unnamed woman stood at a podium next to the casket and read a portion of an obituary, shots rang out, causing funeral attendees to scramble, fearing for their safety.
A livestream of the service captured the terrifying moment when the shooting began outside the building.
At least six people were wounded in the gunfire outside the church. Four reportedly transported themselves to an area hospital, while two were taken to a hospital by first responders. At least one person was said to have been critically injured, but all are currently in stable condition, reports say.
Hornezes and two others were shot and killed on October 15. Police believe that the shooting was planned, that Hornezes was the intended target and that the two others were innocent victims.
Police likewise believe the shooting at Hornezes' funeral was targeted.
"We believe there's a dispute going on," said Pittsburgh Bureau of Police major crimes commander Richard Ford.
Ford also added that police think there were at least two shooters who perpetrated the funeral attack. Investigators are still trying to determine whether the shots came from a vehicle and whether all of the shots occurred outside the church.
"At this time, we don't have any information regarding suspects that we are going to release," Ford stated.
Rev. Brenda Gregg of Destiny of Faith Church described the incident as "one of the most devastating days" of her life. However, she issued a message of hope to her congregants and the community.
"We're not going to close the doors. We are here to help each other," Gregg affirmed. "We're here to stand with each other."
Still, those affected by the violence struggle with the senselessness of it all.
"I just pray to God, whoever [the culprit] is, whatever it is, they’re going to repent," said Page Davis, Hornezes' godmother, who attended the funeral.
"Anybody that would precipitate this type of violence, there's no justification for that," Ford added.