15-year-old sought in fatal shootout in Penn Hills

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Police are searching for a 15-year-old North Homewood boy who they believe fatally shot a man during a botched drug robbery outside a crowded Penn Hills McDonald's Wednesday evening.

County police said they searched the home of Akeem Willie today but he was not there. He will be charged with crimes including homicide, reckless endangerment, robbery and firearms offenses stemming from the death of 18-year-old Dayln Jones of Highland Park.

County police today said Mr. Jones was a passenger in a vehicle outside the McDonald's on Frankstown Road when two people entered his vehicle around 5:30 p.m. and at least one of them began shooting. Mr. Jones was shot from behind, got out of the car and returned fire, police said. Officers found him lying on the sidewalk outside the restaurant, where young children played on an outdoor playground.

The men were trying to rob Mr. Jones and the vehicle's driver of half an ounce of specially grown marijuana, worth about $200 on the street, county police Superintendent Charles Moffatt said.

"We believe that was the motive for the homicide," he said. Mr. Jones was struck four times and pronounced dead at UPMC Mercy around 7 p.m.

Anyone with information on Akeem's whereabouts should call county police at 412-473-1300.

Chief Howard Burton of Penn Hills said given the busy nature of the restaurant, a bystander easily could have been hit, and he called the shooting "brazen."

"It's a case where they don't seem to care about the people in the area," he said.

More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Moriah Balingit: mbalingit@post-gazette.com or 412-263-2533.


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