Suspect arrested in restaurant shootings

Argument escalated into fight at Nigro's in North Versailles; five people, including former Steeler, wounded

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Police yesterday identified five people, including former Steelers safety Russell Stuvaints, who were wounded when an argument escalated into a shooting early Sunday at a North Versailles restaurant.

Brittany Snyder, 22, of Clairton, was shot twice in the stomach; Robert Mills, 35, of McKeesport, was hit in the right arm; Matthew Strawn, 35, of Wall, was hit in the ankle; Emanuel Johnson, 27, of Braddock, received wounds on the left elbow and thigh; and Mr. Stuvaints was shot in the right hip, according to North Versailles Police Chief James Comunale.

None of the injuries was considered life-threatening.

The incident occurred around 1:30 a.m. at Nigro's restaurant on Fifth Avenue. At least five to seven shots were fired.

Later that morning, Allegheny County police arrested Tyrone Watson, 27, of McKeesport, at his home, connecting him to the shooting. He was charged with five counts of aggravated assault, five counts of recklessly endangering another person and one count of carrying an unlicensed firearm, according to county police Assistant Superintendent Jim Morton.

Mr. Watson was held in the Allegheny County Jail on $10,000 straight bond.

Nigro's, a North Versailles landmark in business for nearly four decades, has a disc jockey on Saturdays. Chief Comunale said the restaurant had been a trouble spot about five years ago.

"But they cleaned up their act," he said.

He said he didn't know what caused the argument or who was involved, but at least some of the shooting victims were innocent bystanders.

Mr. Strawn, the disc jockey at the restaurant, was hit by a stray bullet.

Mr. Stuvaints and Mr. Johnson both left the scene before paramedics arrived, driving themselves to UPMC McKeesport.

Mr. Stuvaints later was transferred to UPMC Presbyterian, where he was treated and released from the emergency room.

The Steelers cut Mr. Stuvaints, a former player for the McKeesport Area High School's Little Tigers, in 2006.


Jerome L. Sherman can be reached at jsherman@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1183.


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