Suspect charged in deadly bar shooting in Pittsburgh

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A Penn Hills parolee was arrested Tuesday on charges he shot five people, killing one, at a Homewood bar last weekend.

Corey Clark, 23, is being held at the Allegheny County Jail in connection with the Saturday shooting at the Rendezvous Phase III bar on Hamilton Avenue. Pittsburgh police obtained a warrant for him Monday and detained him at a local parole office Tuesday.

Officers from the city's Zone 5 station in Highland Park were called to the lounge about 1:20 a.m. Saturday and arrived to find people running out of the bar.

Inside, police found four wounded men, including 27-year-old Vincent Holt Jr. of Homewood, who died inside after he was shot eight times, according to an affidavit of probable cause. A fifth shooting victim made his own way to West Penn Hospital.

Shortly after the shooting, homicide detectives learned that the bar had several security cameras both inside and outside. Video taken from two of the cameras shows a man in a dark-hooded sweatshirt walking into the back of the bar area, raising a gun with his left hand and pointing it at Mr. Holt, according to the affidavit. He fired several shots and then ran out the front door, police wrote. They said the shooter used a semi-automatic pistol.

Also injured in the shooting were a 24-year-old man from Penn Hills who was shot in the hip, a 27-year-old man from Swissvale who was shot in the left leg, a 22-year-old man from Penn Hills who was shot in the left forearm and a 25-year-old man from Wilkinsburg who was struck in the right foot.

Police were aided by several calls placed to them in the days after the shooting. One came from a person who spoke to someone who was in the bar during the shooting, and another came from a local parole office worker who told detectives Clark might be the shooter.

Court records show Clark has pleaded guilty to gun and drug charges in the past.

In the most recent case, from 2010, Pittsburgh police said in a criminal complaint that they were searching the 7000 block of Fleury Way for a stolen motorcycle when they saw Clark, a member of the Race Street Crips, walking in the alley and noticed a "bulge" in his waistband that they suspected was a gun.

Police wrote that they chased Clark, who dropped a semi-automatic pistol in a sewer, before slowing to a walk, allowing officers to catch him. When they searched him, police wrote that they found a plastic bag of marijuana and $1,790 in cash.

Clark later pleaded guilty to a gun violation, tampering with evidence, possessing marijuana and resisting arrest and was sentenced to two to four years in prison followed by probation.

Clark was granted parole in August 2013 after he was twice denied it, according to the state Board of Probation and Parole. His parole is scheduled to expire Oct. 11.

The owner of the Rendezvous Phase III bar is expected to meet with the Allegheny County district attorney's office today, according to the DA's spokesman.


Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1438 or on Twitter @LizNavratil. First Published March 4, 2014 1:15 PM


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