1 killed, 2 injured in shooting in California, Pa.


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A post-homecoming party in California, Pa., turned violent early this morning, leaving a Pittsburgh teenager dead and two students injured. The incident happened at an off-campus apartment complex near California University of Pennsylvania.

Jeron Xavier Grayson, 18, of Washington Place, Uptown, was shot and killed, according to the Washington County coroner's office. He was pronounced dead at 2:42 a.m. in an ambulance just before he was to be transported by medical helicopter.

Mr. Grayson was the son of the Rev. Glenn Grayson, pastor of Wesley Center AME Zion Church in the Hill District. He was a freshman at Hampton University in Hampton, Va. He had played football for Schenley High School.

Two others who were injured were a woman and a man, according to police. Cal U spokesman Christine Kindl said both were students. Both were treated at Mon Valley Hospital then released, according to Chester Kowalski of the Pennsylvania State Police Belle Vernon barracks. No details were available about the injuries to the young man who was hurt. Police said the young woman suffered facial injuries from flying shrapnel.

No arrests had been made as of early this afternoon, according to state police.

The sergeant said the incident began at about 2 a.m. in an apartment complex rented by California University of Pennsylvania students. The complex, with at least 10 units, is at Mechanic and Second streets.

"There was a party going on and a group of individuals showed up and were not permitted to enter. That's when multiple shots were fired," said the sergeant.

He said police were interviewing witnesses and asked that anyone with information contact the barracks at 724-929-6262.

Ms. Kindl called the incident "a very sad situation."

She said the university has issued a crime alert advising students, teachers and the college community that the shooting had occurred and that police are investigating.

The alert, which suggests that caution be used in traveling about campus and within the borough, was issued by text message, e-mail, and on the university website. Fliers were posted, as well. "We've gone out of the way to make sure the campus community is notified of the situation and we will update,'' she said.

The university crime alert described the perpetrator of the shooting as "a light-skinned black male, about 22 years old, thin build with dreadlocks, wearing a red shirt and white cap. He is described as having tattoos on his neck and arms, possibly with the letter "p" on his neck."

Police recovered a weapon at the scene.

Edmond Griffin, a trustee of the Wesley Center AME Zion Church and a friend of the Graysons, said his brother, Jerel Griffin and Mr. Grayson had gone to California Saturday with about five other friends to join in Cal U's homecoming celebration.

"Jeron was home for the weekend and my brother and him and a group of guys heard it was homecoming and wanted to visit," Edmond Griffin said.

The Rev. Grayson was unavailable for comment, Mr. Griffin said.

Today's shooting was the second such incident in recent weeks. A man was criminally charged after a woman was hurt by a shotgun blast at a fraternity house.


Karen Kane: kkane@post-gazette.com or at 724-772-9180.


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