2 fatally shot, 2 wounded outside funeral outside Atlanta

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ATLANTA — Gunfire erupted in a church parking lot as a funeral wrapped up Thursday in an Atlanta suburb, leaving two people dead and another two wounded.

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Onlookers gather in the lot at Victory for the World Baptist Church, where four people were shot Thursday.  DAVID GOLDMAN/ASSOCIATED PRESS
DAVID GOLDMAN/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Onlookers gather in the lot at Victory for the World Baptist Church, where four people were shot Thursday.


Police have not made any arrests in the shooting at Victory for the World Baptist Church in Stone Mountain, said DeKalb County police spokeswoman Mekka Parish.

Kenneth Samuel, the senior pastor at the church, said the 1 p.m. funeral was for 19-year-old Ryan Guider. Guider was killed May 26 in retaliation for a home burglary, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Parish said 28-year-old Marcus D. Ventress, who is accused of fatally shooting Guider, is being sought for questioning. Parish said Ventress was not one of the six people who were detained on scene by authorities for questioning.

“Shots rang out and the police locked down the church,” Samuel said. “I was shocked to hear what happened. I had just finished my eulogy and tried to do the best I could to speak to the many teens about valuing life.”

Parish said the identities of the two killed and two injured have not been released.

Samuel said more than half of the few hundred attendees had started to empty into the parking lot before the shooting occurred.

“Very tragic,” Samuel said. “Ryan was a good kid and his family did not have time to grieve him in a proper manner. Now, something like this happens. Very tragic.”

DeKalb Public Safety Director William Miller said people were hiding under cars, trying to avoid the gunfire.

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HighSociety
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HighSociety 06/08/12 - 03:49 am
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Sounds like they have a real

Sounds like they have a real problem on their hands. Better get a grip on it quickly or there will probably be more gunfire.

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 06/08/12 - 06:55 am
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culture of violence...culture
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culture of violence...culture of violence...nuff said

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 06/08/12 - 07:33 am
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Those Bad Bad guns just won't

Those Bad Bad guns just won't stop killing people!

grinder48
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grinder48 06/08/12 - 11:09 am
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Huh?
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if Ventress is accused of fatally shooting Guider, why wasn't he in jail?

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