Pittsburgh shootings appear related to rolling gun battle

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Two non-fatal shooting incidents that occurred Thursday night about a mile apart appear to be related to a rolling gun battle that moved through various neighborhoods, Pittsburgh police Lt. Daniel Herrmann said this morning.

Police said the suspects in the shootings are in the hospital this morning, one in critical condition and the other considered stable.

Lt. Herrmann said investigators believe two people were shooting at each other from cars in a moving gun fight that led to collateral injuries, including some to a 7-month-old boy.

"These guys are exchanging gunfire between themselves and between cars, and stray shots were going elsewhere," Lt. Herrmann said.

A 7-month-old from Bon Air suffered minor injuries from broken glass when the window of a car in which he was sitting shattered from gunfire around 9:09 p.m. outside a Uni-Mart convenience store in the 700 block of Brownsville Road in Knoxville. Also inside the car were his 27-year-old mother and a 47-year-old woman from Dormont who were uninjured.

Six minutes later three people were shot in the 200 block of Michigan Street in Beltzhoover. Two were the suspects, police said. The other was a 22-year-old man who was walking home from a nearby bus stop and who police have described as a "innocent bystander."

Public safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler said one of the suspects, who she did not name, is a 20-year-old man from Allentown who was shot in the neck and was in critical condition at UPMC Mercy this morning. Another, a 21-year-old man from Penn Hills, was in stable condition after he was shot in the leg.

The man whom police have described as an "innocent bystander" was shot in the lower back and was being treated this morning at Allegheny General Hospital, Ms. Toler said.

The baby was treated by medics at the scene.

"The parents had the medics look at him, and they took him home," Lt. Herrmann said.

Although no one is dead, the homicide squad is investigating.


First Published May 15, 2014 11:03 PM


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