Mother of five killed in McKeesport shooting was not target, police say

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A 25-year-old mother of five was shot and killed Monday night in McKeesport, but she likely was not the intended target, Allegheny County police said.

The Allegheny County medical examiner's office identified the woman as Susan Sidney of Crawford Village in McKeesport. She was found on the ground at the corner of McCleary and Freeland streets about 11:05 p.m., McKeesport police said.

She was taken to a hospital, where she died of a gunshot wound to the chest and arm, the medical examiner's office said.

Ms. Sidney and a young man were walking along McCleary when she was shot in the 900 block, Allegheny County Lt. Andrew Schurman said in a news release Tuesday. Police believe the man with her was the intended target, but they do not know the motive, Lt. Schurman said.

The young man, whose name county police did not release, ran away from the area and hasn't been found, Lt. Schurman said.

Sandra Sidney of Bloomfield said her niece was walking to a Uni-Mart Monday night to pick up things for her kids so she wouldn't have to go out in the extreme cold Tuesday.

"She didn't deserve this," Sandra Sidney said. "She was just an innocent person walking to the store."

Ms. Sidney is survived by five children between 2 and 7 years old, her aunt said.

Michael Lee Gay Sr., who was speaking for the Sidney family Tuesday, said he doesn't know who his cousin was walking with Monday night, but he thinks she knew the man.

Mr. Gay, a Pittsburgh police officer, said Ms. Sidney was loved and respected and that she was at the wrong place at the wrong time. "We can't fathom why somebody would necessarily target her," he said.

A vibrant young woman with a "beautiful spirit," Ms. Sidney was working at McDonald's and trying to provide for her children, he said, noting she just got engaged a few weeks ago. No arrests have been made. County police asked anyone with information to call the homicide unit at 412-473-1300.

Molly Born: or 412-263-1944. First Published January 28, 2014 7:08 AM


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