Man accused in Stowe shooting surrenders

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A Beltzhoover man -- who is accused of opening fire in a Stowe housing complex Sunday night in retaliation for an earlier incident and shooting a 60-year-old woman in the face -- surrendered to police Monday, police said.

Oneal Olive, 21, surrendered to county police around 5 p.m. and was taken to the Allegheny County Jail to await arraignment, county homicide Lt. Andrew Schurman said in a news release.

Mr. Olive faces charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault and other crimes in connection with the shooting at the Pleasant Ridge Road housing complex.

Police were called about 9:35 p.m. Sunday to Pleasant Ridge, where two homes had been hit by gunfire.

Inside one residence in the 400 block, police found Mary Johnston lying on the couch. A bullet had hit her in the face and traveled through her skull, police said.

Ms. Johnston was on life support Sunday night at Allegheny General Hospital, county police wrote in a criminal complaint. On Monday afternoon, she was listed in critical condition, a hospital spokesperson said.

Lt. Schurman said police suspect Mr. Olive meant to shoot someone standing outside the house next door in retaliation for another incident.

Police said they found 11 shell casings while searching near the two homes. There were five bullet holes in Ms. Johnston's home, three of which entered the house through a side window, the complaint stated.

Mike Vogel, chief of the Allegheny County Housing Authority police, said he knew Ms. Johnston and her husband personally and added that both take part in crime-watch meetings and are active in the community.

"They're really good, genuine people," he said.


Robert Zullo and Liz Navratil contributed. Lexi Belculfine: lbelculfine@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc. First Published May 12, 2014 11:53 AM


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