A brawl involving around 50 people erupted in the East Hills early today, resulting in the arrest of a man who police said fired on them as he fled the scene.
Parris Lyle, 20, of East Hills was arraigned today on charges of discharging a firearm, carrying a gun without a license and four counts of reckless endangerment. He remained in the Allegheny County Jail this afternoon, unable to post his $50,000 bail.
Public safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler said the fight was reported on Park Hill Drive at around 12:45 a.m. Pittsburgh police along with officers from five other departments responded to the scene, prompting those fighting in the street to scatter. Besides Mr. Lyle, two others were arrested, but Ms. Toler did not have their names. No one was seriously injured, Ms. Toler said.
Officer Dustin Rummel wrote in a criminal complaint that when he arrived at the scene, he heard "a rapid succession of gunfire." He and fellow officers saw Mr. Lyle and two other men running toward their patrol car.
When the men saw the police, they pivoted and began to run behind the housing complex and into a wooded area. As the they pursued them, officers heard three to four more shots and saw muzzle flashes coming from the woods.
Mr. Lyle was later apprehended when he attempted to run out of the woods, telling police "I wasn't shooting at you guys." Officers recovered a firearm off of Mr. Lyle as well as two spent shell casing behind the housing complex.
He faces a preliminary hearing Wednesday.
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