Saturday 10 December 2016

Five killed in 'planned' garden party shooting in US

Published 10/03/2016 | 06:36

Police drive past the scene of the deadly shooting (AP)
Police drive past the scene of the deadly shooting (AP)

The fatal shooting of five people, including a pregnant woman, at a Pittsburgh garden party was a planned, calculated attack, prosecutors have said.

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One of the gunmen used a handgun to steer the victims towards the house's porch, said Allegheny County district attorney Stephen Zappala, where a second gunman picked them off with an AK-47-style rifle. He said the victims were shot in the head.

The five were killed late on Wednesday during the party in Wilkinsburg. Two others are in a critical condition.

Mr Zappala said as many as 15 people had been at the party and that p olice are searching for at least two suspects. The motive is not known.

Earlier, a medical examiner released the identities of the five people killed in the shooting. The victims were 35-year-old Jerry Shelton, 37-year-old Tina Shelton, 27-year-old Brittany Powell, 25-year-old Chanetta Powell and 26-year-old Shada Mahone.

The medical examiner said Jerry Shelton, Brittany Powell and Chanetta Powell were siblings.

A neighbour said he saw at least three children run onto the porch screaming "Mommy! Mommy!" after the shooting.

Robert Morris, a 15-year-old who lives across the street from the home, said it was "terrible".

He and his father, Carl Morris, said a black Labrador retriever that had been shot in the tail ran to their house after the shooting.

They said a young woman and her child lived at the home.

Another neighbour, Mike Jones, said violence is rare in the neighbourhood.

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