6 people injured after shooting outside funeral in Pittsburgh’s Brighton Heights

PITTSBURGH — Multiple people were shot outside of a funeral in Pittsburgh’s Brighton Heights neighborhood on Friday.


Several police agencies responded after a ShotSpotter alert around noon in the 3700 block of Brighton Road.

Pittsburgh police said that five people were shot, and one person was injured while trying to escape the scene.

Police said the shooting was a targeted incident and that there were multiple shooters.

According to a law enforcement source, two people suspected to be involved in the shooting were detained after an incident on the McKees Rocks bridge.

What we know so far about the victims

Four men, ages 20, 24, 27 and 66, and a 57-year-old woman were injured in the shooting. More information on the victim taken to Children’s Hospital is not available at this time.

All six victims are now listed in stable condition. One victim was previously listed in critical condition.

Five victims were taken to Allegheny General Hospital. Another victim was taken to Children’s Hospital, but police did not confirm if that meant the victim was a juvenile.

What we know about the funeral being held at Destiny of Faith Church

The funeral that was taking place at the Destiny of Faith Church was for John Hornezes Jr., one of the victims in the Cedar Avenue shooting earlier this month.

Hornezes, 20, was one of four people that were shot in that incident. He died in the hospital from his injuries.

Pittsburgh police carried the casket out of the church just before 3 p.m.

What we’ve learned after speaking with witnesses

People inside Destiny of Faith Church in Brighton Heights say they hit the floor and hid under pews while a barrage of gunfire erupted outside.

Families including young children and the elderly hit the ground or hid under pews. People inside tell us they heard 40, 50, even 60 or more shots.

A live stream inside the funeral captured the moments shots were fired outside

A live stream captured the moment gunfire erupted outside a Pittsburgh funeral Friday.

Click here to see the video. WARNING: This video may be upsetting to some.

Mourners could be heard screaming as they ducked and scrambled for safety.

Channel 11′s Angie Moreschi spoke exclusively with the videographer who ducked for cover as a barrage of gunfire could be heard inside the church.

Mayor Ed Gainey speaks out against violence

During a press briefing, Mayor Ed Gainey pleaded with the community for those with information to come forward.

“Never could imagine, never, that we would shoot up Holy ground,” said Mayor Gainey. WATCH the mayor’s full reaction to today’s shooting below.

What we know so far about the suspects

Two people that are suspected of being involved in the shooting outside a funeral in Brighton Heights were arrested after an incident on the McKees Rocks Bridge, a law enforcement source tells Channel 11.

Only Channel 11 was there as the two suspects believed to be connected to the shooting were walked into police headquarters on Friday.

The two suspects were later identified in court documents as 16-year-old Hezekiah Nixon and 19-year-old Shawn Davis.

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