NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police are searching for multiple gunmen who opened fire outside a Brooklyn church Monday night, shooting six people, two of which are dead.
The deceased have been identified as 40-year-old Sharieff Clayton, of the Bronx, and 44-year-old Ronald Murphy, of Brooklyn.
As CBS2’s Janelle Burrell reported, the gunfire erupted around 8:30 p.m. when police say a silver SUV drove up to the front of Emmanuel Church of God on Flatbush Avenue near E. 32nd Street as a wake took place inside.
Police say Clayton and another man, age 40, had a longstanding “beef,” that went back to when they were teenagers.
When the two saw each other at the funeral, an argument ensued, police said.
According to police, the suspect then came back with two others in an SUV and fired into the crowd.
Police say someone from inside the church returned fire.
“There were some people there that knew each other and may have had some issues in the past. Something sparked off and the result was gun violence,” city council member Jumaane Williams said.