2 Shot Dead, 2 Wounded in Shooting After Funeral at Church in Florida


Four people were shot, two of them fatally, following a funeral Saturday afternoon at a church in Riviera Beach, Florida, police said.

The shooting was reported just after 2:30 p.m. at Victory City Church.

A 15-year-old boy and adult male were pronounced dead at the scene. A woman and a juvenile were also shot and taken to a hospital for treatment, Riviera Beach police said in a press release.

The church’s senior pastor, Tywuante D. Lupoe, said in a video address posted on Facebook that the attack was “across” from the church and involved people who attended the funeral there.

“A fight broke out with the family and in the midst of that fight a shooting occurred, and unfortunately there was loss of life,” he said. “This was not a shooting that occurred inside the church.”

He said church officials were “very well aware of the potential of violence” and had armed security assigned to the event, but the violence broke out “once our security team left.”

In a previous Facebook statement he said the congregation was mourning the loss of “two young black men to a senseless shooting.”

So far, no arrests have been made.

Riviera Beach is about six miles north of Palm Beach.

Source: NBC News

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