Suspect in Sheraden shooting convicted in 2002 shooting

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The man arrested this morning in connection with a shooting in Sheraden was previously convicted of shooting a man in the stomach.

The latest charges against Lenell Ptomey, 30, of Sheraden arise from a shooting near the intersection of Ashlyn and Bergman streets Tuesday night.

Pittsburgh police wrote in a criminal complaint that Ptomey and another man conspired to shoot Thomas Romesburg, 27, about 11 times. They wrote that Mr. Romesburg owed a dealer $80 and wanted to go back to that drug dealer to buy drugs.

A description of that drug dealer led police to Ptomey, police wrote.

Detectives from the city's Zone 6 station on the West End worked through the night to chase leads.

"The Zone 6 detectives did an outstanding job," Cmdr. Schubert said. "They worked it all night."

When they got a search warrant, they called the SWAT team given the shooting and the fact that Ptomey had been arrested in a shooting before, Cmdr. Schubert said.

The SWAT team arrested Ptomey at a home in the 3000 block of Zephyr Avenue about 5 a.m.

He faces charges of attempted homicide, conspiracy, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and firearms violations.

Police continue to seek leads on the second man in the shooting.

Ptomey was previously convicted of aggravated assault. In 2002, Ptomey fired a handgun several times out of a car window on the North Side and hit a 44-year-old man named Frank Williams, police said.

Mr. Williams told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette years later that bullets damaged his liver, right kidney, colon and stomach tissue and that he spent two weeks in a coma.

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First Published September 18, 2013 11:30 AM


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