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Boy, 15, and man shot dead at funeral in Florida during 13 rounds of gunfire

A teenager and a man were shot dead and two other people were wounded at a funeral in Florida on Saturday.

Riviera Beach police said in a statement that the shooting happened near the Victory City Church shortly after 2.30pm local time (7.30pm UK time).

A 15-year-old boy and the man died at the scene.

A woman and a teenager were taken to hospital.

Their conditions were not released and the victims have not yet been named.


No arrests have been made.

Police said listening devices in the area that detect the sound of gunshots counted 13 rounds fired.

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Pastor Tywuante D Lupoe said in a video statement posted on Facebook that the church was “very aware” that violence was a possibility at the funeral because of a family dispute and that it had provided armed security.

A Riviera Beach police officer also was present.

Mr Lupoe said security guards and the police officer had left after the service when there were only a few stragglers remaining in the area.

He added that a fight broke out across the street from the church and the shooting started.

Mr Lupoe said that none of the victims are church members and no one was injured on its property.

He added: “This is an isolated incident and it had nothing to do with Victory City Church.”

Riviera Beach is a suburb of West Palm Beach.


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