Family of Spring Garden bar shooting victim offers reward

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The family of a 21-year-old Glenshaw man shot while attempting to thwart a Spring Garden bar robbery last week is offering a reward to anyone who helps police solve the crime, Pittsburgh police said today.

The family of the victim, whose name has not been released, is offering up to $1,500 "to anyone who can assist detectives in learning the identity, the whereabouts and information leading to a conviction of the actor responsible for the shooting," police spokeswoman Diane Richard said in a news release.

Detectives in the robbery squad continue to seek video that might have captured images of a dark-colored Buick leaving the scene of the Wednesday night shooting at Parrott's Pub in the 1600 block of Spring Garden Avenue.

Officers from the city's Zone 1 station on the North Side were called to the bar about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday 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 underwent surgery, said police spokeswoman Diane Richard.

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.

Police said last week they 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 the shooting scene, 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.

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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