Man arrested in shooting death in Hill District

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Pittsburgh police arrested a man late Thursday in connection with the shooting death of a man with gang ties last week in the Hill District.

Jay Morrison, 37, is scheduled to be arraigned today on charges of criminal homicide and a firearms violation in the killing of Harold Cabbagestalk, 40.

Morrison was arrested about 11:35 p.m. at Lady Di's bar in Homewood based on a lead from the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force, Pittsburgh police major crimes unit Lt. Daniel Hermann said in a press release.

Witnesses told police the two were drinking together Sept. 16 at the Flamingo Bar on Wylie Avenue in the Hill District when they started arguing.

According to a Pittsburgh police criminal complaint, video surveillance showed that a man was seen punching Cabbagestalk several times inside the bar, knocking him to the floor.

Lt. Herrmann said that man, whom investigators identified as Morrison, shot Cabbagestalk about eight times with a small-caliber pistol.

He died the next morning at UPMC Mercy.

In an interview with police, a person who had gone with Cabbagestalk to the bar that night to watch the Steelers game told detectives the two planned to meet Mr. Morrison there, they wrote in the complaint.

That person got in a disagreement with Cabbagestalk and left, but later identified Morrison in a video still, and among an array of photos, as the person who was in the bar with them, police said.

Police said Cabbagestalk had been a member of the Hazelwood Mob.

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Molly Born: or 412-263-1944. Twitter: @borntolede.


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