3 Pittsburgh men charged in shooting

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Police charged three young men from Greenfield in connection with an early-morning Sunday shooting in that neighborhood that may have left another man paralyzed with a bullet lodged in a vertebra.

Hours after the shooting, Margaret Mannion, the mother of accused 19-year-old twins Brian and Ryan Kelly, was charged with tampering with evidence after police found her burning what appeared to be the handle of a gun on a stove, according to a criminal complaint.

The incident began just after 2 a.m., when seven men in a Pontiac were texting girls who asked them to meet at a home on Stanley Street, according to a complaint.

When the group arrived, three other men emerged from a nearby car and "screamed something towards [the group]," police wrote.

Police said Brian Kelly approached the Pontiac with a dark T-shirt over his face and a gun behind his back. The shirt began to fall from his face, and he handed the gun to 18-year-old Connor Haney, who may have been wearing a bulletproof vest, according to the complaint.

Mr. Haney fired several shots into the Pontiac, striking Diallo Mitchell Jr., who was transported to UPMC Presbyterian and initially listed in critical but stable condition.

Just after police arrived, Mr. Haney and the Kelly brothers drove past the scene of the shooting. The complaint said the men who had been shot at exclaimed, "That's them!"

All three were detained by police. The motivation for the shooting is unclear.

Several hours after the shooting, police tried to search the Kelly brothers' Greenfield residence.

Their mother, Ms. Mannion, 56, answered the door but refused to let police search the house, and, according to the complaint, tried to burn the plastic handle of a gun on the stove.

"I'm just cleaning the stove," Ms. Mannion told police. Officers threw a piece of concrete into the door and entered the house because they feared she was tampering with evidence, according to the complaint. Police also found a bulletproof vest in the basement.

Mr. Haney is charged with attempted homicide, along with a number of aggravated assault charges; Brian Kelly is charged with carrying a firearm without a license, criminal conspiracy and simple assault; and Ryan Kelly is charged with multiple counts of criminal conspiracy. All three were transported to Allegheny County Jail.

Both brothers have had scrapes with police before, including aggravated assault charges this past March.

All three men have preliminary hearings scheduled for 8 a.m. July 29.

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Alex Zimmerman: azimmerman@post-gazette.com, 412-263-3909 or on Twitter @AGZimmerman.


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