A dispute between two men over the same woman led to the death of the intended target's friend this weekend after all three were tossed from a Homestead bar.
Wilbert Keith Johnson, 36, of Allentown was arraigned early Monday morning on charges that he killed Qaeed Braxton, 36, of Duquesne near Eighth Avenue and Amity Street early Sunday morning.
Shortly before the shooting, a woman, who is not named in court documents, told Mr. Johnson she no longer wanted to be involved with him and that she was now seeing another man, according to a criminal complaint filed by Allegheny County police. Mr. Johnson then threatened to kill the woman and her new boyfriend, police wrote.
The woman agreed to meet Mr. Johnson at the Ragtime Saloon on Amity Street so he would stop calling her but never intended to go, police said. Instead, her new boyfriend went there. Braxton was also inside the bar.
Mr. Johnson spoke with the new boyfriend, who is not named in court documents, and at one point called the woman. Mr. Johnson told her, "You know what I told you, if I can't have you, can't nobody can have you," according to the complaint.
Police said Mr. Johnson exchanged some words with the man.
"I'm not even going to consider it an argument," Homestead police Chief Jeffrey DeSimone said. "They had some words inside and the owner asked them all to leave."
When Braxton and his friends left the bar, Mr. Johnson followed them and grabbed a gun from a gray Volkswagen parked nearby and fired one shot, police said.
When medics and police arrived about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, they found Braxton lying on the sidewalk with a single gunshot wound to the chest.
"I do not believe the victim was the intended target. However his friend may have been," Chief DeSimone said.
Allegheny County homicide detectives reviewed surveillance footage taken from the bar and quickly obtained a warrant. They arrested Mr. Johnson at his Allentown home about 11:30 a.m. Sunday.
Mr. Johnson is being held in the Allegheny County Jail without bail while he awaits a preliminary hearing scheduled for Friday morning. Online court records show he has a criminal history that includes convictions on charges of theft, terroristic threats, simple assault and driving under the influence.
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