Authorities on Friday were trying to determine who shot a McKeesport man and his cousin in the head Thursday night, sending them tumbling in a car down a steep hillside.
Carlos Hudson, 41, and Jana Randolph, 49, also of McKeesport, were found dead in a silver Toyota Corolla that careened over a hillside in the 2300 block of Riverview Street. Both of their deaths have been ruled homicides, according to the Allegheny County medical examiner's office.
County homicide Lt. Andrew Schurman said police had few leads on suspects Friday morning. Witnesses told police a dark car pursued the car Ms. Randolph was driving.
"They hear gunfire and the silver Toyota goes over the cliff," he said.
McKeesport police, firefighters and medics were called to the scene at 8:56 p.m. after someone reported the incident. When officers arrived, they made efforts to stabilize Ms. Randolph's car, but sudden rain made it too difficult to help Ms. Randolph and Mr. Hudson, McKeesport Capt. Tim Hanna said.
Crews used tow truck cables to pull the sedan to the top of the hill. When it got there, medics checked the pair and pronounced them dead at the scene at 10:13 p.m.
News of the deaths confused Mr. Hudson's mother, Mae Hudson, who said she spoke to her son Thursday night about one of her grandson's football scrimmages. Everything seemed normal, she said.
A few hours later, about 11:30 p.m., one of Ms. Hudson's co-workers at UPMC Shadyside, where she is a patient care technician, informed her that her phone was "blowing up." She almost ignored it, she said. But then she saw it was the mother of Mr. Hudson's child.
The woman informed her that her son and his cousin were dead.
"That doesn't even fit his M.O. to be gunned down like that," Ms. Hudson said. "This is just kill city."
Ms. Hudson said she was not sure where her son was going, but based on their location she guessed that he might have asked Ms. Randolph, who worked two jobs, including one as a jitney driver, to give him a ride to her house, where he had a key.
Ms. Hudson said she was not sure who would have killed her son. Online court records show he had spent some time on probation related to a drug case, but did not show any recent criminal charges.
Mr. Hudson wasn't a member of a gang or any similar groups, his mother said, and he spent most of his time at his cleaning business in Downtown Pittsburgh or with one of his seven children.
Whoever killed her son "had the plan and they carried it out and they executed it," Ms. Hudson said. "Everybody is a suspect."
Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call county homicide detectives at 412-473-1300.
Liz Navratil: firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-263-1438 or on Twitter @LizNavratil. Staff writer Molly Born contributed. First Published August 22, 2013 11:30 PM