Five killed in 'planned' garden party shooting in US
Published 10/03/2016 | 06:36
The fatal shooting of five people, including a pregnant woman, at a Pittsburgh garden party was a planned, calculated attack, prosecutors have said.
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.