Suspect sought in Washington, Pa., shootings

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Two people who survived a triple shooting early yesterday in Washington, Pa., still are hospitalized, police said.

Lindsay Jolly, 23, and Marquis Taylor, 24, both of Washington, were in stable condition today in UPMC Presbyterian, Washington Police Det. Jack Hancock said.

Ms. Jolly suffered a leg wound, and Mr. Taylor was shot multiple times, police said.

The third victim, Troy Saunders Jr., 23, of Washington, died.

Police still are searching for a suspect, Phillip Whitlock, 22, of Washington, who is believed to be acquainted with all of the victims.

The shooting occurred around 2:15 a.m. outside the Cabaret West bar on Chestnut Street in the city.

The three victims reportedly had been walking toward a parked car when the shooting began.

Though police found evidence among the more than 20 spent shell casings at the scene, investigators had not determined whether there was more than one shooter.

Washington city officials recently have been discussing what, if anything, can be done about increasing reports of violence at the Cabaret West.

One councilman, Matt Staniszewski, said his office has requested the city solicitor research "what it would take to declare it a nuisance bar."

With such a designation, the city eventually could force the owner to shut down, Mr. Staniszewski said. He added that Mayor L. Anthony Spossey's office oversees the police department. "I hope the mayor makes this a top priority as violent crime has been on the rise in the city," Mr. Staniszewski said. Mayor Spossey could not be reached for comment.



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