Police seek help finding suspect in Spring Garden shooting

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Pittsburgh police asked the public for help this afternoon as they released a new description of a car and man spotted leaving the scene of a Spring Garden bar shooting Wednesday night.

Police are seeking a dark blue car, possibly a four-door Buick LeSabre made in the 1990s, with a square back window and "very loud muffler" spotted near a shooting at Parrott's Pub in the 1600 block of Spring Garden Avenue, according to a news release.

The suspect is a light-skinned black man about 6 feet tall with a thin build and light eyes who wore a blue-and-white bandana over his face and a hoodie.

Officers from the city's Zone 1 station on the North Side were called to the bar about Wednesday night and arrived to find the bar owner holding a towel to the left side of the chest of a man who had just been shot.

The victim was taken to Allegheny General Hospital where he was in serious condition after undergoing surgery, said police spokeswoman Diane Richard. Police did not release his name but said he is a 21-year-old from Glenshaw.

A man in the bar told police he was playing pool with the victim when a man whose face was covered by a bandana walked into the bar and said, "Don't anyone move," Ms. Richard said.

The victim stepped toward the would-be robber and tried to knock a gun out of his hand, and the suspect then fired a shot and ran out the front entrance, the witness told police.

One witness told police tires squealed as a dark blue Buick drove outbound on Spring Garden Avenue with its headlights turned off, Ms. Richard said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Pittsburgh police bureau's robbery squad at 412-323-7151. Callers can remain anonymous.

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