Carnegie man charged in stepfather's shooting death

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A Carnegie man is in the Allegheny County Jail on homicide charges tonight after police said he shot a man to death in an argument over a TV early Sunday morning.

Aaron M. Israel, 19, was scheduled to be arraigned Monday on a single count of criminal homicide and a count of carrying a firearm without a license.

According to a criminal complaint written by Pittsburgh homicide detectives, Mr. Israel shot Kevin Kirkland, 45, "more than one time" at Mr. Kirkland's home in the city's East Carnegie neighborhood shortly before 2:35 a.m. KDKA-TV reported that Mr. Kirkland was Mr. Israel's stepfather.

The fatal encounter started when Mr. Kirkland came home to discover he had been locked out of the home, police said.

Maria Kirkland, Mr. Israel's mother, had asked her son on Saturday to change the locks after she and Mr. Kirkland "were having domestic issues," police wrote in the complaint. Also that day, a juvenile who lives at the house had moved a TV that had been on the first floor to an upstairs room, with Ms. Kirkland's permission.

Early this morning, Mr. Kirkland forced his way through a first-floor window and confronted Ms. Kirkland about the missing TV, the complaint reads. She told police he called her son and accused him of stealing it.

Mr. Kirkland's son, Kevin Kirkland Jr., came to the house with a friend, and Mr. Israel arrived with two other males. The argument between Mr. Kirkland and his stepson escalated. The younger Mr. Kirkland was on top of Mr. Israel, fighting with him, when the friend and the elder Mr. Kirkland grabbed his son to pull him away, police wrote in the complaint.

Ms. Kirkland came down to try to break up the fight, unsuccessfully. Then the younger Mr. Kirkland told police he saw Mr. Israel pull a gun from his waistband and shoot his stepfather in the chest. Mr. Israel then asked his mother if she was OK, and she saw him holding the gun, according to the complaint.

Mr. Kirkland was taken to Allegheny General Hospital, where was pronounced dead at 3:13 a.m.

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Molly Born:, 412-263-1944 or on Twitter @borntolede. First Published July 28, 2013 9:00 AM


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