5 Killed in Pittsburgh Party Shooting

2 gunmen at large after ambush
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 10, 2016 12:29 AM CST
5 Killed in Pittsburgh Party Shooting
Police investigate the scene after a shooting on Wednesday in Wilkinsburg, Pa.   (AP Photo)

Five people have been killed in an ambush-style shooting during a backyard party in suburban Pittsburgh and at least two gunmen are at large, police say. Four women and a man were killed late Wednesday during the party in the Borough of Wilkinsburg, the AP reports. Allegheny County police say people scrambled toward the house as bullets began flying. Four of the victims were found dead on the back porch; the fifth one died at a hospital. Three people were injured and taken to area hospitals. Two are in critical condition and one is stable, police said. At least two suspects fled on foot. A motive wasn't immediately known.

Lt. Andrew Schurman of the Allegheny County homicide unit says the gunmen barged into the party and opened fire in an ambush-style attack. He says gunshots came from two distinct locations, but police don't believe anyone at the party fired back. A 70-year-old neighbor who has lived a few doors away for 24 years tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that gunfire went on for nearly a minute. "I thought it was maybe the pipes bursting. But then we realized it was gunshots," he says. "We've had trouble in this neighborhood before, but never this close to home. I've never seen anything like this before." (More Pittsburgh stories.)

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