Pittsburgh Police have charged two men involved in the shooting of a 22-year-old Bellevue man on a busy Fifth Avenue intersection, Downtown, this afternoon. Homicide detectives have charged Overbrook residents Hassan Howze, 22, with aggravated assault and criminal conspiracy and Antonio Peterson, 24, with aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy and carrying a concealed firearm without a license, according to police officials.
Mr. Howze and Mr. Peterson left a Downtown business and walked to the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Smithfield Street, where they noticed the victim, police said. The three men began arguing, and then police said the victim walked north on Fifth Avenue toward Wood Street. Following him, Mr. Howze and Mr. Peterson began hitting the victim in front of The Capital Grille, where Mr. Howze pulled out a .40-caliber handgun and shot the victim in the shoulder, according to police.
The victim wrestled the gun from Mr. Howze, then shot him in the back of his thigh, according to investigators. All three men were then taken into custody by Allegheny County Sheriff's Sgt. Kevin Faulds, who had heard gunshots and followed the noise to the scene.
Two men shoot each other in Downtown Pittsburgh
At least one of the men was wounded in his "extremities," police said, after they each pulled out a gun about 3:50 p.m. in front of an Allegheny County sheriff's deputy near the Capital Grille restaurant. (Video by Jonathan Silver; 4/5/2013)
Police said the victim was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital, where he was treated and later released to his family members. Mr. Howze was taken to Allegheny General Hospital, where he remains in serious condition with a groin wound. Mr. Peterson was first taken to police headquarters for questioning, then was taken to Allegheny General for treatment of injuries he suffered during the fight. He has since been returned to headquarters for additional questioning.
Police have conducted numerous witness interviews and are reviewing videotape from the area. Investigators say they are trying to identify and question several additional men and two women that appeared to be involved in the initial fight on Smithfield Street.
Amy McConnell Schaarsmith: email@example.com First Published April 5, 2013 8:15 PM