Person dies in Penn Hills shooting

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Nearly four hours after a man was shot and killed along Third Street in Penn Hills, police continued to process the crime scene, where the man's body remained, covered by a sheet.

His white, black and red basketball shoe protruded from under the pale purple covering, and a red and black ball cap lay nearby.

An arrest is imminent in the shooting, police said.

County police Lt. Andrew Schurman said "potentially some kind of drug deal or robbery" preceded the fatal shooting. He said police are following up on leads.

Penn Hills police went around 2:30 p.m. to the 100 block of Third Street, where they found the victim, Jose Alberto Negron Fernandez, 21, shot once in the torso, on the ground, near what they believed was his car, Lt. Schurman said.

The Allegheny County medical examiner's office identified Negron Fernandez of Penn Hills late Wednesday night. He was pronounced dead at 2:41 p.m., and an autopsy will be performed Thursday, a spokesman at the office said.

The area, which intersects with the 4800 block of Verona Road, is used as an unauthorized park-and-ride.

Debbie Kuntz, 55, of Penn Hills has carpooled to work for seven years. Today, she parked her gray sedan farther down Third Street than usual. The man was shot within a few feet of her car.

When police stopped her from getting to her car, she thought there had been a crash or that someone had a heart attack. When she went back a second time, an officer told her about the shooting.

”Oh my God. That's what's in front of my car. I could see the sheet," she said. "I'm not in a neighborhood where you think of that happening."

Lexi Belculfine: or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc First Published June 18, 2014 12:00 AM


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