Gunman killed in botched robbery in Pittsburgh's Garfield neighborhood
Share with others:
A man was killed in a botched robbery in Garfield on Wednesday night, Pittsburgh police said.
Major Crimes Lt. Dan Herrmann said two young men were inside a house in the 5300 block of Brown Way playing video games around 6 p.m. when someone knocked at the door.
One of the men, who lives at the residence with his mother and brother, told police he was hesitant to open the door and when he did he was greeted by a masked man holding a gun.
Lt. Herrmann said the resident tried to immediately close the door as the masked man fired through it, grazing the resident in the head.
The resident's friend grabbed his own gun and exchanged fire with the man at the door, who was struck at least four times.
Medics arrived on the scene and transported the masked man to UPMC Presbyterian, where he was pronounced dead. Lt. Herrmann said several bullets struck him in the face. His identity has not been released.
Emergency crews also found the resident's friend with a gunshot wound to his side and took him to Presbyterian. The resident, who also suffered a gunshot wound to the back, ran next door to a neighbor's house before police arrived and was driven to West Penn Hospital, where he was transferred to Presbyterian, police said. Both men are in fair condition.
The resident's friend left the gun he used in the home, and police found another weapon in a garbage can at the corner of Brown Way and North Atlantic Avenue.
Lt. Herrmann said the shooting was likely a robbery attempt. Police are trying to determine what the suspect was seeking and believe others may have been involved.
No charges have been filed.
First Published January 24, 2013 12:00 am