Suspect sought in fatal Larimer shooting

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Pittsburgh police suspect a Lincoln-Lemington man was attempting to provide someone with heroin when another man ambushed him with an assault rifle Monday in Larimer, according to court documents.

Police obtained a warrant Tuesday charging Rodney Howard, 29, whose address was not listed, with killing 37-year-old Hosea Davis of Lincoln-Lemington. Mr. Davis was among those who attempted to aid a girl who was stabbed in the East Liberty Target store last year. Pittsburgh police announced the warrant Wednesday.

Howard, a black man, is about 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs about 210 pounds, police said. He is known to live in Larimer and frequent other East End neighborhoods. He also has addresses in McKeesport. He had not been taken into custody as of Wednesday night.

While building their case against Howard, police spoke to a witness who hid in some nearby weeds during the shooting.

Police wrote in a criminal complaint that Davis met someone on Rapidan Way, turned the corner onto Victor Way and returned with some heroin. Around that time, police said, Mr. Howard emerged with what appeared to be an assault rifle.

Officers were called to the 6400 block of Rapidan Way about 12:50 p.m. after the Allegheny County dispatch center received three calls from people reporting gunfire in the area. When they arrived, they found Davis lying shot to death, struck by at least 10 of 16 shots that appeared to have been fired from a rifle, police said.

Online court records show that Howard's criminal record includes guilty pleas to previous cases involving drug and aggravated assault charges. Details of those cases were not immediately available.

Police said they are considering Howard armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on Howard's whereabouts is asked to call 911 or Pittsburgh homicide detectives at 412-323-7161.

Liz Navratil:, 412-263-1438 or on Twitter @LizNavratil.

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