Three men charged with attempted homicide in Larimer

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Three men are awaiting arraignment tonight on attempted homicide charges after Pittsburgh police said they were in a car that drove toward an officer while leaving a shooting scene in which more than a dozen shots were fired.

An officer from the city's Zone 5 station in Highland Park was patrolling in Larimer about 3:15 a.m. when he saw two cars turn onto a dead end on Kelly Street and then heard 15 to 30 shots fired, according to a criminal complaint.

The officer wrote that he hid behind a building for cover and saw someone fire shots from inside a Chevy Malibu toward a Lexus stopped in a snow bank.

The occupants of the Malibu turned around and began driving toward the officer, firing shots as they went and striking objects behind him, according to the complaint.

Additional officers arrived and police stopped the car. Police identified the driver as Jeremy Franklin, 25, of Swissvale, the front seat passenger as Keith Whitner, 32, of East Pittsburgh, and the rear passenger as Evan McBride, of Brighton Heights, who turned 24 today.

Police wrote that Mr. Whitner said he didn't have a gun and that the driver threw it out on the street on Hamilton Avenue. Police later found a gun there that they said had been reported stolen out of McKeesport.

Mr. McBride told police, "I wasn't shooting at anybody, the driver was."

Mr. Franklin told police he wasn't shooting at the officer. According to the complaint, he later registered .105 on the lower of two blood alcohol content tests. The legal limit for driving in Pennsylvania is 0.08.

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