PITTSBURGH— WARNING: This video may be disturbing to some.
A live stream captured the moment gunfire rang out outside a Pittsburgh funeral on Friday. The mourners could be heard screaming as they ducked and ran for safety.
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At least six people were taken to an area hospital with injuries.
Leon Rockymore ducked for cover as gunfire could be heard inside Destiny of Faith Church in Brighton Heights.
“It lasted a good 2 and a half minutes. They were doing it for a while,” said Rockymore, whose production company, Roxamore’s Grief from Home Services, was live streaming the funeral of 20-year-old John Hornezes, also a victim of gun violence.
The funeral had just begun, the live broadcast for only 48 seconds, when suddenly, gunfire erupted. The gunshot occurred outside the church, but could be clearly heard inside, sending people running and screaming.
Rockymore says he heard more than 60 rounds fired from high-powered weapons and saw three people hit.
“A guy who got shot was laying in the church lobby, and I said, ‘OK, let’s lobby on this,'” he said.
Before the shooting, Rockymore says he sensed something bad was going to happen after witnessing suspicious activity before the service.
“He comes to a funeral with a ski mask, and I think the intentions are very different than wearing a real mask,” he said, as several people could be seen wearing masks. “Something seemed wrong, and of course it was. The next thing you know, shots rang out all over the place and all I could do was run for cover.”
Rockymore said before the funeral began, people kept running up and to their cars, causing concern. In response, the funeral director locked the doors and that’s when the shooting took place.
“Some of the people who were shooting were some of the people who should have been left out,” he said.
The Rockymore company has broadcast funerals live for the past four years and says it is concerned about how youth violence has gotten out of hand.
“They think it’s OK to be reckless. They think it’s OK to do this. They think it’s OK to start filming in broad daylight.”
Rockymore says it’s even more disturbing to see this happen in a church.
“Even to dare to do such a thing in the house of God, I don’t think anyone would have done it. It’s reckless. At the end of the day, there is no respect, no principles to uphold.”
Rockymore is calling on community leaders to take proactive action to do something to reach out to young people to stop violence.
“One, you can’t be afraid. Two, if you come from this life or you’ve been in rehab, you should come back and teach because some of us dropped the ball and never taught the youth to respect.”
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