According to Allegheny County Police, five people were killed, and three were injured in a mass shooting last night just before 11 p.m. in a Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania backyard party. Police are still looking for the two suspects as of this writing.
Lt. Andrew Schurman of the Allegheny County Police homicide unit said that four victims were dead at the scene, and another died at the hospital. Two other victims were in critical condition, and a third injured person was in stable condition. Three of the five victims who were fatally shot were siblings.
Wilkinsburg is described as a “working-class suburb east of Pittsburgh.”
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“When I came out, people were screaming and running and bodies were lying on the front porch. People’s lives taken like that at the drop of a hat, it’s just insane and it needs to stop.”
Another neighbor, 70-year-old James Boyd, said that the gunfire “went on for almost a minute:
“I thought it was maybe the pipes bursting,” Mr. Boyd said. “But then we realized it was gunshots. We’ve had trouble in this neighborhood before but never this close to home. I’ve never seen anything like this before.”
Schurman said said the shots were fired from two locations but police don’t believe anyone at the party fired back.
“Partygoers appeared to try to run into the residence, at which point a person on the side or backyard adjacent to the residence fired at the back porch,” police said in a statement. “All four of the individuals who died at the scene died on that back porch.”
This mass shooting will likely reignite an already heated debate about gun control. It may even be brought up at tonight’s Republican presidential debate in Miami.