Victims identified in fatal New Kensington shooting

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Police have identified the two victims in Wednesday’s fatal shooting in New Kensington as John Russ, 43, of New Kensington, and Shannon Bongartz, 28, of Verona.

Each was shot multiple times at approximately 8:20 a.m. in the 400 block of Fourth Avenue, according to police.

According to court records, Russ had a lengthy criminal record with numerous felony convictions on drug, burglary and theft charges. Bongartz had a criminal record for minor offenses, including retail theft, possession of a controlled substance and disorderly conduct.

The shooter has not yet been identified.

First Published August 21, 2014 10:41 AM


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