Man critical wounded in Homewood shooting

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A man was in "very critical" condition after he was shot in the chest in Homewood Tuesday night, police said.

Police believe the victim was on a hill near Hermitage Street and Brushton Avenue when someone opened fire about 8:30 p.m., striking the man multiple times in the chest and shoulder, said Lt. Richard Pritchard with the city's Zone 5 station in Highland Park.

Lt. Pritchard said officers nearby arrived within 30 seconds and found that several cars had been shot out with an assault-style weapon.

Medics rushed the victim, a man in his late teens or early 20s, to UPMC Presbyterian. No witnesses immediately came forward and it was not immediately clear how many people were responsible for the shooting.

Tuesday's shooting occurred only blocks away from a shooting that left one woman dead and two men injured late Sunday night. In that case, police suspect that someone opened fire on two cars in the 7300 block of Monticello Street. One driver, who sustained a gunshot wound to the leg, found his own method of traveling to UPMC Presbyterian, where he was in stable condition.

The driver of the other car, Raynna Church, 31, of Penn Hills, was found dead inside a "bullet-riddled" car that had crashed in the 7100 block of Monticello Street. Her passenger, a 34-year-old man, was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Lt. Pritchard said it was too early Tuesday night to tell whether the two shootings were connected.

Homicide detectives are investigating both cases. Anyone with information is asked to call 412-323-7800.

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