Cops: Funeral shooting victims fired at each other

| June 8, 2012

The two people killed in a shooting at a DeKalb County funeral were gunmen who fired at one another during an argument, police said Friday.

DeKalb County police have called a 1 p.m. news conference to provide more details on the fatal shooting in the parking lot of the Victory for the World Church that sent mourners scrambling for cover.

As nearly 500 people left a funeral for 19-year-old homicide victim Ryan Devon Guider Thursday, gunfire erupted, killing two and wounding at least two others, police said.

What witnesses said began as a fight between more than a dozen people who attended the funeral quickly became the scene of two more killing, just steps away from the church's sanctuary, on North Hairston Road near Stone Mountain.

Few details have been released, but Friday police said the ages of two victims who died were 19 and 28 and they appeared to have been firing at each other. Police are not identifying them until next of kin have been notified.

"We were ready to go to the burial, and I heard, ‘pow pow pow pow,' " mourner Regina Sharp told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I thank God I made it out alive."

No arrests have been made.

In the aftermath of the shooting Thursday, DeKalb Public Safety Director William Miller had said police believed the man accused of killing Guider, Marcus D. Ventress, attended the funeral and ended up in the church's parking lot with a gun, fired several shots into the air and other people returned fire.

 

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