Gang-related shootings kill two outside St. Louis funeral home

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 | 4:50 p.m. CST

ST. LOUIS — Two people were killed and two others injured in gang-related shootings Tuesday outside a St. Louis funeral home.

Authorities were searching for multiple suspected gunmen after the shootings at about noon at Reliable Funeral Home, Police Capt. Mike Sack said. A service was being held inside at the time.

Two men died at a hospital, a third was listed in critical condition, and a fourth suspected victim was believed to have been shot in the leg but hasn't turned up at a hospital yet.

When the incident happened, the funeral home was holding a funeral for David Davis, a 27-year-old man who was gunned down behind a St. Louis home Nov. 19. Authorities believed the shooting was related to that funeral, Sack said.

The shooting was being investigated as a possible escalation of feuding between two factions.

"It looks like these people have a prior history with one another," Sack told reporters.

It was not immediately clear if any of the wounded exchanged fire with the assailants, Sack said.

A handgun was recovered from the scene, along with as many as two dozen — possibly more — shell casings from the funeral home's driveway, he said.

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