Five Killed, Several Hurt in Shooting Near Pittsburgh: Cops

Two suspects fired from an alley onto a backyard party at a house in Wilkinsburg and then fled.

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Four women and one man were shot and killed&nbsp;(Photo: twitter/<a href="">@WTAE</a>)

Two gunmen ambushed a backyard party near Pittsburgh on Wednesday, killing, at least, five people and injuring several others, the police said.

Four women and one man were shot and killed, with three more people wounded in the attack, in a residential neighbourhood in Wilkinsburg, about 8 miles (13 km) east of the city, the Allegheny County Police Department said.

Two suspects fired from an alley onto a backyard party at a house and then fled, the department said in a statement.

Partygoers appeared to try to run into the residence, at which point a person on the side or backyard adjacent to the residence fired at the back porch.

The attack in Wilkinsburg, a borough of about 15,000 chiefly lower and middle-income residents, is the latest in a series of mass shootings that have elevated gun control as an issue in the US presidential elections.

Dozens of shell casings littered the pavement of an alleyway near the site, where police were gathering evidence and talking to witnesses, media reported.

“I heard at least 20 shots,” a witness, Kayla Alexandra, told news station WPXI.

Four people were declared dead at the scene, the police said. Four more victims were taken to nearby hospitals, but one died from her wounds. Two men were critical and one woman was stable, they added.

(with Reuters inputs)

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