A Brooklyn funeral took a lethal turn Monday when six people were shot outside the service and two died, authorities said.
More than 40 people were leaving a service for 39-year-old Jose Luis Robles at the Emmanuel Church of God on Flatbush Ave. near Foster Ave. at about 8:30 p.m. when three men in a passing silver SUV fired up to 15 shots into the crowd.
One funeral attendee fired back, wounding one of the drive-by assailants, cops said.
“It sounded like a war … boom, boom, boom,” said witness Carlo Stamand, 60, who owns the nearby Cafe Creole restaurant. “I ran. After that, the police came.”
Robles died of natural causes on April16.
The shooting appears to be gang-related. Robles was a “former gang member” and may have been affiliated with the Bloods, police sources said.
“Rival gang members heard about the funeral and decided to start shooting the place up,” a police source said.
Angela Diggs, 50, was worshiping at another church when gunfire — which was picked up by the NYPD’s new ShotSpotter system, rang out.
“We didn’t come out,” she said. “We just continued praying for whatever was happening out there. Praying that nobody died.”
But when the smoke cleared, two men were dead, police said. Four others, including two women, were wounded.
“I saw two guys on the floor, right in front of the church,” said witness Jose Donate, 54. “The cops tried to do CPR, but it looked like they were already dead. (The cops) were pumping them. They said ‘Come on, come on, breathe!’ ”
The dead included a 44-year-old man who was hit in the chest and a 40-year-old man who took a bullet to the stomach, officials said. Neither was identified.
Both died at Kings County Hospital, according to authorities.
A second 40-year-old man — believed to be one of the gunmen — was found shot in the stomach five blocks away in a vehicle. His accomplices had vanished.
Other victims included a 38-year-old woman shot in the leg, a 37-year-old man shot in the hand and a 29-year-old woman who showed up at Kings County Hospital a half hour later, shot in the leg.
Robles’ relatives did not believe the shooting was connected to their dearly departed family member.
“Whatever was happening, it had nothing to do with the funeral,” said Alcides Perez, 31, Robles’ nephew and an Iraq War vet who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.
“I was outside getting fresh air, and I ended up seeing something worse. It reminded me a lot of Iraq.”
No arrests were immediately made.
With Rocco Parascandola