Police searched Thursday for at least two gunmen who opened fire during a backyard party in suburban Pittsburgh, killing five people and wounding three others as they rushed toward the house to find cover.
The gunmen attacked the partygoers just before 11 p.m., firing from two different locations in what police described as an ambush-style attack.
“It looks like right now they were all fleeing toward the backdoor of the residence when the second gunman fired from the side of the yard,” said Lt. Andrew Schurman of the Allegheny County homicide unit. “They all seemed to get caught on the back porch.”
Four women and one man were killed. Two men were hospitalized in critical condition, and one woman in stable condition, police said.
Four of the victims were found dead on the porch.
Carl Morris and his son, Robert, were getting ready to leave their house across the street when they heard a volley of three shots, a pause, then gunfire lasting more than a minute.