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5 shot dead, 3 wounded in Wilkinsburg

| Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 11:21 p.m.

Five people were shot dead and three others hospitalized in an incident in Wilkinsburg late Wednesday.

Allegheny County Police Lt. Andrew Schurman said the dead include four females and a male, all believed to be adults.

They were among those who were at a backyard party. The incident occurred in the 1300 block of Franklin Avenue shortly before 11 p.m.

Police said they believe there were two shooters, neither who was believed to be at the party.

As of 12:40 a.m. Thursday, no one was in custody. The names of the victims were not immediately released.

A neighbor, who would not provide her name but said she lives one house away from the shooting scene, said she and her family heard about 20 gunshots.

“It sounded like a war,” she said.

She said her neighbors had a cookout earlier in the day and were in their backyard when the shots rang out.

The woman said she has lived on Franklin Avenue for 20 years and nothing similar had happened in that time.

Tony Raap and Jodi Weigand are Tribune-Review staff writers. Raap can be reached at traap@tribweb.com and Weigand can be reached at jweigand@tribweb.com.

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A woman is overcome with emotion at the scene of a shooting near Franklin Avenue in Wilkinsburg early Thursday morning, March 10, 2016.
Justin Merriman | Tribune Review
A person reacts at the scene of a shooting near Franklin Avenue in Wilkinsburg early Thursday morning, March 10, 2016. As of 1:15 A.M. police confirmed there were at least 5 fatalities.
Justin Merriman | Tribune Review
Police investigate at the scene of a shooting near Franklin Avenue in Wilkinsburg early Thursday morning, March 10, 2016.
Justin Merriman | Tribune Review
A person reacts at the scene of a shooting near Franklin Avenue in Wilkinsburg early Thursday morning, March 10, 2016. As of 1:15 A.M. police confirmed there were at least 5 fatalities.
Justin Merriman | Tribune Review
A grief-stricken woman is comforted near the scene of a shooting on Franklin Avenue in Wilkinsburg on Thursday March 10, 2016.
Justin Merriman | Tribune Review
A person reacts at the scene of a shooting near Franklin Avenue in Wilkinsburg early Thursday morning, March 10, 2016.
Justin Merriman | Tribune Review
A woman reacts at the scene of a shooting near Franklin Avenue in Wilkinsburg early Thursday morning, March 10, 2016.
Justin Merriman | Tribune Review
A police officer investigates at the scene of a shooting near Franklin Avenue in Wilkinsburg early Thursday morning, March 10, 2016.
Justin Merriman | Tribune Review
A police officer stands by roadblock at the scene of a shooting near Franklin Avenue in Wilkinsburg early Thursday morning, March 10, 2016.
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Jessica Shelton (left) cries along Franklin Avenue early Thursday March 10, 2016, in the aftermath of the mass shooting at a family cookout.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review
People watch as friends and family are overcome with emotion along Franklin Avenue in Wilkinsburg at the scene of a mass shooting that left 5 dead on early Thursday morning, March 10, 2016.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review
People react along Franklin Ave. in Wilkinsburg at the scene of a mass shooting that left at least 5 dead on early Thursday morning, March 10, 2016.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review
Women try to pick up a woman who collapsed at the scene of a mass shooting off of Franklin Ave. in Wilkinsburg that left five dead on early Thursday morning, March 10, 2016.