Two men were arrested following a shooting in a botched robbery Friday afternoon under the Andy Warhol Bridge, Downtown.
One bullet hit two people -- including one of three accomplices in the robbery -- on the river walk next to the 10th Street Bypass, Pittsburgh police said.
The bullet grazed the temple of the robbery victim, Matthew Graner, 23, of McCandless, and then struck suspect Cheyenne Miller, 21, of Uptown in the head, said major crimes Lt. Kevin Kraus. Mr. Miller was taken to Allegheny General Hospital, where he was in "grave condition" late Friday night, Lt. Kraus said. Mr. Graner was treated at UPMC Mercy and later released.
"We believe this was a robbery, and the motivation was drug-related," Lt. Kraus said.
He said Mr. Graner took a bus from Moon to Downtown, where he met Wykie Pace, 21, who police said is homeless, and then brokered a drug deal with Mr. Miller and Tyrus Campbell, 22, of Arnold.
When they met under the bridge, Mr. Campbell drew a .40-caliber pistol and fired the shot that grazed Mr. Graner and continued, striking Mr. Miller, Lt. Kraus said.
Shortly before 4:30 p.m., police Officers Kevin Sorenson and Ronald Spangler were on bike patrol in the area when they saw a man with a gun robbing another man on the river walk, and then heard a gunshot, Lt. Kraus said.
As the officers entered the river walk, they saw Mr. Graner running east on the walkway, and Officer Spangler tended to him until paramedics arrived. Officer Sorenson found Mr. Miller lying on the ground unconscious and detained Mr. Campbell and Mr. Pace, Lt. Kraus said.
Mr. Campbell has been charged with two counts each of attempted homicide and aggravated assault, as well as robbery, conspiracy, and carrying a firearm without a license. Mr. Pace faces robbery and conspiracy charges. Both are being held in the Allegheny County Jail.
Mr. Miller will face charges, when he recovers, Lt. Kraus said, adding that Mr. Graner will not.
As a handcuffed Mr. Campbell was taken from Pittsburgh police headquarters Friday night, he said, "I'm sorry, I'm sorry to his mom."
This is the third shooting Downtown this year.
In January, two people who were smoking marijuana were robbed at gunpoint and shot near the Andy Warhol Bridge at Seventh Street and Fort Duquesne Boulevard.
Lt. Kraus said they have had drug complaints near the bridge and have increased patrols in that area. He said he believed Officers Sorenson and Spangler were in the area as part of the increased police presence.
Earlier this month -- also during a Friday afternoon rush hour -- a man was shot at Fifth Avenue and Smithfield Street.mobilehome - neigh_city