Thursday, March 10, 2016

5 dead after backyard shooting in Pennsylvania

A backyard cookout turned deadly in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania after 2 gunmen opened fire killing five people dead and leaving 3 hospitalized.

The suspects remain at large as authorities try to determine their identities in the shooting in the borough just east of Pittsburgh. "Right now, we are asking for anybody who heard or saw anything in the area ... to call (police)," Allegheny County police Lt. Andrew Schurman told reporters early Thursday. "We don't have a lot of details." The first shots rang out from an alley behind a house in Wilkinsburg shortly before 11 p.m. Wednesday.

Partygoers responded by trying to escape through the back of the house -- only to have someone open fire from a yard adjacent to the residence, according to police. Jackie Johnson recalled hearing a constant rat-a-tat of about 30 gunshots.

 "When I came out, people were screaming and running," the neighbor told CNN affiliate KDKA-TV. "And bodies were laying on the ... porch."


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