Woman fatally shot in Hill District identified

At least three people fired 20 gunshots into the open garage of a Hill District house this afternoon, killing a woman and injuring her mother, Pittsburgh police said.

The Allegheny County medical examiner’s office identified the woman killed as Tina Crawford, 34. Neighbors identified Ms. Crawford’s mother as Patsy Crawford, who property records show owns the house in the 900 block of Cherokee Street where both were shot.

Patsy Crawford was taken to UPMC Presbyterian talking and alert, Pittsburgh public safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler said. She was shot at least once in the hip and possibly a second time, Ms. Toler said, adding she did not know the woman’s condition.

A woman at the scene sobbed and yelled, “I want to see my mom.” Homicide detectives assured her they would take her wherever she wanted to go. She left the scene in a black unmarked police vehicle.

Police responded at 3:18 p.m. in the Sugartop area of the Upper Hill District for a report of gunshots, an Allegheny County emergency dispatch supervisor said.

Tina Crawford was in the left side of the garage and her mother the right side when they were shot, Ms. Toler said.

A supervisor at the Allegheny County medical examiner's office said Tina Crawford was pronounced dead at 3:30 p.m. Her body was removed from the garage about 6:15 p.m.

Ms. Toler said police are looking for at least three people, two of whom fled in a vehicle and a third who fled on foot. Police don’t have a description of the people or the vehicle, which fled on Cherokee, a one-way street.

It is unclear why the women were shot, Ms. Toler said. Homicide detectives are investigating. The front door of the home was locked, and the motive does not appear to be a robbery, she said.

“Neighbors are outraged and sharing what information they can with police,” she said.

Former city councilman Sala Udin lives across the street. He declined comment soon after the shooting.

A neighbor who would not give his name said he heard a man and woman fighting outside the home Thursday evening. The man left in a car, he said.

Mike Gregory, who lives nearby, said he thought he heard firecrackers and estimates there were 10 to 15 shots fired Friday afternoon. He said the area is usually very quiet.

A fourth neighbor, who did not want to give his name, said the two women had lived in the home for a while and he had grown up with Tina Crawford.

“She’s quiet,” he said. “She kept to herself, didn’t bother anyone.”

First Published August 22, 2014 4:43 PM


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