2 dead after gunman open fire on over 300 church goers attending funeral service

It was gathered that more 300 people were leaving the service when a gunman fired up to 15 shots into the crowd from a silver SUV

At least six people have been shot and two are dead after a drive-by shooting outside the Emmanuel Church of God in Brooklyn where a funeral was being held on Monday night

At least six people have been shot and two people killed after a drive-by shooting outside a New York City church where a funeral was being held on Monday night.

The incident occurred about 8.30 p.m. outside the Emmanuel Church of God in Brooklyn's East Flatbush neighborhood, MailOnline reports.

It was gathered that more 300 people were leaving the service when a gunman fired up to 15 shots into the crowd from a silver SUV.

Witnesses described grabbing children and ducking for cover amid the hail of gunfire.

'I saw two guys on the floor, right in front of the church,' witness Jose Donate, 54, told the Daily News.

'The cops tried to do CPR but it looked like they were already dead. (The cops) were pumping them. They said 'Come on, come on, breathe!''

Police say the victims - two women and four men - were taken to hospital.

MailOnline further learnt that the two dead included a 40-year-old man who was shot in the stomach and a 44-year-old man who was shot in the chest, police said.

Both were pronounced dead at Kings County Hospital Center about a half-hour after the shooting.

A 29-year-old woman and a 38-year-old both suffered gunshot wounds to the leg, police said. A 39-year-old man was shot in the left hand, and a 40-year-old man was shot in the abdomen.

One of the shooting victims is listed as in a critical condition, while the others are stable. Their names have not been immediately released.

One funeral attendee fired back, wounding one of the drive-by assailants, cops said.

There were no immediate arrests, but cops are looking for a silver SUV.

Witnesses described three suspects, all men in their 20s, a law-enforcement official said.

The gunman, described as Hispanic, was wearing a white T-shirt and a blue New York Yankees baseball cap, while the other two were wearing white T-shirts, the official said.

The funeral was for Jose Louis Robles, a 38-year-old man who died of a heart attack in his sleep on April 16.

The shooting appears to be gang-related. Robles was a 'former gang member' and may have been affiliated with the Bloods, police sources said.

'Rival gang members heard about the funeral and decided to start shooting the place up,' a police source told the Daily News.

City Councilman Jumaane Williams, whose district includes East Flatbush, told WABC-TV that the shooting was a 'reckless' abandonment of life.

He said he hoped authorities can prevent retaliatory shootings.

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