18-year-old charged in Mount Oliver shooting and other crimes

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An 18-year-old man was charged in three cases in three days — including a shooting in Mount Oliver on Sunday night.

Aaron Sims, who has addresses in Lincoln-Lemington and West Mifflin, was being held in the Allegheny County Jail on Monday evening.

Allegheny County police charged him with attempted homicide after they said he shot a man near the intersection of School Way and Penn Avenue. Mount Oliver police accused him of carrying pills when police stopped him following the shooting, and he was charged in a domestic violence case Friday.

Police were called about 6:30 p.m. Sunday to the intersection of School Way and Penn Avenue, where they found Michael Burton lying on the ground with at least two bullet wounds.

Nearby were .380-caliber shell casings.

Police said they broadcast a description of the shooter — a man wearing a blue, sleeveless zip-up shirt — and spotted a man, later identified as Mr. Sims, running across Brownsville Road. When they stopped him, they found heroin and painkillers in his pockets, according to a criminal complaint.

One officer also said he saw Mr. Sims drop a .380-caliber pistol, which police took as evidence.

While officers walked Mr. Sims into the Mount Oliver police station, he told a passerby, “Bro, you ain't gonna see me. I'm about to be put away for a while,” police wrote in the complaint.

Officers also wrote that Mr. Sims was charged in a domestic violence case this weekend.

Mr. Sims faces charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault and other crimes in connection with the shooting, and drug charges in connection with the pills and heroin.

Mr. Burton was hospitalized in critical condition Sunday.

Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1438. First Published July 21, 2014 12:00 AM


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