One dead, another wounded in overnight shootings in Hazelwood

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One man died and another was injured in two shootings in Hazelwood early this morning.

Jamil Lloyd-El, 20, of Pittsburgh, died in UPMC Mercy about 2:30 a.m., about an hour after Pittsburgh police received a call for the first shooting.

The first sign of trouble came about 1:25 a.m., when officers from the city's Zone 4 station in Squirrel Hill were called to the 600 block of Johnston Avenue after someone reported hearing shots fired.

While they were en route, someone else called 911 to say that a man with a gunshot wound had run inside the lobby of a building at the Glen Hazel High Rise, owned by the housing authority. The victim in that case was a 45-year-old man, whose name has not been released. He is expected to survive.

According to a news release from police spokeswoman Diane Richard, the victim in that case told a Victory Security guard he was eating pizza in his apartment when he heard a door to his apartment "squeaking as if someone was opening it." He went to his bedroom, yelled, and then thought he heard the footsteps of someone running away.

The victim went to the lobby to try to find the people creating the noise and then ran to the side of the building, where he glimpsed several men in the shadows running toward Johnston Avenue, Ms. Richard said. He heard several gunshots and then realized he'd been hit in the face, slipped and bruised his knee, and ran into the lobby of his building.

Medics took the man to UPMC Presbyterian, where he was treated for a gunshot wound to the left ear and left cheek. He told police he didn't see the men well enough to describe them.

While police were investigating that shooting, they received a call that a man had been shot in the 300 block of Winston Street, less than a half mile away. When they arrived, they saw a man holding a towel over Mr. Lloyd-El's chest. A woman told police she heard someone ring her doorbell, opened the door to find Mr. Lloyd-El lying on her porch and called 911.

Mr. Lloyd-El died at UPMC Mercy shortly before 2:30 a.m.

Police couldn't be reached for comment on whether the shootings are related.

City homicide detectives are investigating both shooting and are asking anyone with information to call them at 412-323-7161. Callers can remain anonymous.

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Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1438 or on Twitter @LizNavratil.


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