Wednesday morning, a man was shot in Rankin.
Hours later, four men were shot while standing on a porch in North Braddock.
Police say the string of violence is no coincidence, and that the North Braddock shooting is likely retaliation for the earlier incident.
“That’s definitely a motive we’re looking at: potential retaliation,” Allegheny County police Lt. Andrew Schurman said on scene at the North Braddock shooting.
Police were investigating a third shooting reported around 7:10 p.m. near Hawkins Village. No one was injured there.
Rankin police Chief Ryan Wooten said, “There is definitely some tie there,” adding that all of those involved are either family or close friends.
The shooting in Rankin occurred midmorning on Pattison Avenue. One man there was injured and transported to a local hospital. He is in stable condition and is expected to survive, the lieutenant said.
At least two shooters emerged from a car around 3:15 p.m. at the intersection of Jones Avenue and Hickory Street in North Braddock and fired at the four young men standing on the porch of a house, the lieutenant said.
Police marked at least 14 shell casings in the intersection.
Lt. Schurman said it was unclear if the men on the porch returned fire. He said local police are familiar with the house in the 700 block of Hickory.
The four men shot in North Braddock were all transported to local hospitals and were in stable condition, Lt. Schurman said. All five men are expected to survive, he said.
On Wednesday evening, at least a dozen local police departments were on scene for the investigation of a shooting near Kenmawr at Fifth avenues.
Chief Wooten said a car followed another down Fifth, while a man hung out the window and shot at the car in front. Housing Authority police stopped the vehicles and held them at gunpoint until other departments responded, he said.
About 150 people filled the streets and sidewalks, watching as police worked. K-9 officers were called in because of the large crowds.
Five people were detained for questioning, and one person had been charged late Wednesday night, Chief Wooten said.
Lexi Belculfine: email@example.com or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc. First Published July 23, 2014 12:00 AM