As of Thursday, June 7, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
ATLANTA — Gunfire erupted in a church parking lot as a funeral wrapped up Thursday in Stone Mountain, leaving two people dead and another two wounded.
Police have not made any arrests in the shooting at Victory for the World Baptist Church, 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, according to reports.
Samuel said the shooting happened just after the hour-long service.
"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 a few hundred were attendance for the funeral. He said more than half the people who attended the service 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."