Four people were shot, one fatally and one critically, following a fight inside Fever Night Club and Lounge in the Strip District a little more than an hour into the new year.
Police received a report at 1:19 a.m. of shots fired inside the club at 110 19th Street and responding officers found two victims inside--a 20-year-old man shot several times in his torso and a second victim, a 21-year-old man shot in the leg. Both victims were transported by Pittsburgh EMS to area hospitals where the 20-year-old was in critical condition and the second victim was treated and released.
A third shooting victim, Shateecha Roach, 27, was located at Penn Avenue and 20th Street. Ms. Roach, who had been in the club, was taken to UPMC Presbyterian where she died while undergoing treatment, police said.
The fourth victim, a 21-year-old man, fled from the area and later reported that he was grazed by gunfire while at the night club.
No arrests have been made and the cause for the shooting remains unclear.
Ms. Roach was in the club with her sister and possibly some other friends, said Detective Christine Williams.
Ms. Roach worked as a Personal Care Assistant personal care assistant at Pittsburgh Conroy special education facility in Manchester, where she as known as "Ms. T," according to a statement from Pittsburgh Public Schools. She was also a mother.
"A kind and wonderful young woman, Ms. Roach was always on hand to offer help to anyone in need She was at all times ready to give a smile or a hug to a student or colleague," the statement read.
The Roach family could not be reached Sunday. More than 20 Twitter users mourned her death on the social networking site.
The dance lights were on at Fever Sunday night, but 19th Street was dark and eerily quiet. No one responded to knocks at the club doors.
A call to the number on Fever's Facebook page reached the club's promoter, Mike Jones, who said he didn't know anything about the shootings but said the club would not be open Sunday night.
Tony Dean, 47, lives nearby in the Strip District and said he saw several women, unable to run in heels, fleeing barefoot down Smallman Street after the shooting. When he stopped a woman to ask what had happened, she said a woman had been shot, he said.
"It was just pandemonium," he said.
Mr. Dean's friend, Pete Poninsky, 42, of the North Side, said "since day one, it's been sketchy."
Whether the club has received prior complaints is unknown. The District Attorney's spokesman said he refers city bar nuisance calls to the Pittsburgh Narcotics and Vice Division. No one answered at that office Sunday night.
Homicide detectives are asking that anyone who was inside Club Fever at the time of the shootings or who may have information regarding the death of Shateecha Roach to call them at their office at 412-323-7161.
On its Facebook page, the establishment describes itself as "a newly renovated club with 2 complete floors that can hold over 1,000 people. It features a Martini bar, over 14 VIP sections, and Pittsburgh's newest sound and lighting technology."