Shots fired outside funeral in Berkeley

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BERKELEY, MO (KTVI)– A young murder victim`s funeral in Berkeley Friday was marred by violence.  But his family says the confrontation and subsequent gunfire was not related to the shooting that took his life last weekend.

23-year old Christopher Doss was shot in the head while driving on North Euclid in St. Louis January 11.  During his funeral at Prince of Peace Church in the 9,300 block of Natural Bridge, Berkeley several people attending the funeral confronted each other.  Doss’s mother,  Vera Anderson, said “We don’t know who they were, but it had nothing to do with Christopher.”

Berkeley police say the fight spilled out onto the parking lot at 12:30 pm.  At that point, guns were fired.  No one was injured, but several cars were damaged.  Someone appeared to continue firing as they left the church property and drove east on Natural Bridge.  At one point, officers closed the road to gather evidence, probably bullet shell casings.

“I think a lot of the people were shaken,” said Berkeley Police Chief Frank McCall, Jr.  His officers worked through the afternoon to sort out what had happened.  Police accompanied the family to the cemetery and remained at the church for a lunch following the burial.

“The violence ‘should not be placed as a reflection on the church or any church,” McCall said, adding “We`ve had nothing but a great relationship with the church.”

The chief added some people today are crossing a line of respect that once was never crossed.  “This is certainly not the time or the place to express whatever feelings that led up to this incident,” Chief McCall said.
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