Allegheny County police said this morning that they believe an “ongoing feud” between two groups might have provided the motive for a fatal shooting in Mount Oliver Thursday night.
LeRico Morgan, 27, was leaving a home in the 100 block of Onyx Avenue about 9 p.m. Thursday when a dark-colored SUV, possibly a Ford, drove by and someone inside shot him while he stood on the front porch, homicide Lt. Andrew Schurman said in a news release.
When police arrived, they found Mr. Morgan inside the house. He was pronounced dead inside the home 15 minutes later. The Allegheny County medical examiner's office determined after an autopsy today that Mr. Morgan died of a penetrating gunshot wound of the chest.
Lt. Schurman said Mr. Morgan lived at the house, although the Allegheny County medical examiner’s office said he was from Beltzhoover.
Police do not yet have suspects in the shooting but are looking at the possibility that it could be connected to a shooting that occurred in the Carrick section of Pittsburgh around the same time.
Pittsburgh police charged four people with marijuana possession after they received a call for a report of a shooting near Nobles 51 bar, near the intersection of Nobles Lane and Colerain Street. That crime scene is about a mile away from the scene of the Mount Oliver shooting.
A witness told Pittsburgh police he heard about 20 gunshots — with two distinct sounds, possibly a sign there were two shooters — and then saw four men leave the area, some in a black SUV.
A Pittsburgh police officer stopped a black SUV near the intersection of Whited Street and Saw Mill Run Boulevard and found four people inside, none of whom had a valid driver’s license. When he searched the car, police said, he found marijuana, which none of the men claimed to own.
Anyone with information about the Mount Oliver shooting is asked to call Allegheny County homicide detectives at 412-473-1300.
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