Man killed in Homewood last week was wanted for another shooting

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Pittsburgh police suspect a Penn Hills teenager lay on a Homewood street for about an hour last week before a passerby spotted him and realized he had been killed, a spokeswoman said Monday.

Brian Hall, 18, was found shot in the head, right hand and right leg about 10:15 p.m. Thursday on Annan Way near North Dunfermline Street, Pittsburgh public safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler said.

Court records show Mr. Hall had been wanted since May 2013, when Allegheny County police charged him with attempted homicide and other crimes in connection with a shooting in Wilkinsburg.

Last week, Ms. Toler said, Mr. Hall was walking in the area about 9 p.m. when he was shot, although no one called 911 around that time to report gunshots. She said police did not have any suspects or a motive in the shooting Monday.

“He was found by a passerby who at first thought … this was a large doll or a dummy of some sort but as they got closer realized it was an actual person,” Ms. Toler said. “He was dead before we arrived.”

In the shooting incident last year, Mr. Hall, then 17, met with two people several times for drug deals, the locations of which varied and were chosen by Mr. Hall, police wrote in a criminal complaint.

About 11:30 p.m. May 28, 2013, the pair met Mr. Hall under the auspices that he would give them a bundle of heroin in exchange for a ride to the Ambassador Tower apartment complex in Wilkinsburg, police said.

When they arrived, Mr. Hall, who used the nickname Dave, “brandished a handgun wearing what appeared to be white latex gloves,” according to the complaint.

Police said two people were injured — one critically.

Police said Mr. Hall had met one of the victims while the two were in the Shuman Juvenile Detention Center in 2012 and police used his tattoo of the letter B with a crown to help link him to the shooting.

Police wrote in the complaint that Mr. Hall was found delinquent of robbery twice in 2010.

His mother could not be reached for comment Monday.


Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1438 or on Twitter @LizNavratil.


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