Police in Georgia say two people were shot dead and two more were wounded Thursday near Atlanta while attending a funeral for a murder victim.
The funeral, which took place at Victory for the World Baptist Church in Stone Mountain, Ga., was for 19-year-old Ryan Guider. Guider was shot and killed May 26 while allegedly burglarizing a home, WXIA-TV reports.
While police do not have a suspect in custody yet, they believe gunfire broke out after Marcus Ventress, the suspect in Guider’s death, appeared at the church.
“All indications [suggest] the person involved in the death of Guider showed up at the church and was in the parking lot. The initial word is that he may have had a gun today and shot in the air,” said William Miller, DeKalb’s director of public safety.
Fox News reports that one victim was pronounced dead at the scene, another at the hospital. Two other funeral attendees were slightly wounded in the melee, but are expected to recover. Their identities have not been disclosed.
Kenneth Samuel, the senior pastor at Victory for the World Baptist Church, recalled the tragic scene to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
“Shots rang out and the police locked down the church,” Samuel said. “I was shocked to hear what happened. I had just finished my eulogy and tried to do the best I could to speak to the many teens about valuing life.”
The pastor added:
“It’s just sad that, if the shooters were at the service that they didn’t pay attention, didn’t take heed, and this is the tragedy that we’re left with now.”
WXIA-TV has more on the Stone Mountain, Georgia funeral shooting below: