Munhall Shooting Under Investigation

MUNHALL (KDKA) – Homicide detectives continue their investigation today after a teenager was shot and killed in Munhall overnight.

The incident happened around midnight on East 8th Avenue near Munn and Ravine Streets.

Officials say that police and paramedics found the teen lying on the street behind a local business.

The Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as 17-year-old Dwain Heath, Jr., from Munhall. Authorities say Heath suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sources tell KDKA-TV that police are investigating the case as a possible justifiable homicide.

According to sources, Heath allegedly tried to rob a young woman when she managed to wrestle the gun that Heath was holding away from him. Several shots were fired, and one hit the Steel Valley High School junior in the chest.

The purported victim was not hurt during the incident and authorities say she is cooperating with police.

The 17-year-old’s father, Dwain Sr., is in disbelief. He admits his son has been in trouble with the law before but says he’s never been involved with a violent crime and can’t believe he had a gun.

KDKA has learned that the case will be turned over to the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office for formal review. However, all indications from sources inside the investigation say no charges will be filed.

Stay with KDKA for the latest details.

  • bigJERM1212

    Everyday my wife and I check the news and this is all we see, another innocent person from the hood gunned down in the streets…when will it stop?

    • Jim

      Getting shot while doing a armed robbery does not make you an innocent victim. What kind of twisted logic is that? As far as I’m concerned, he got what he deserved. I just thank god that the 20 yr. old girl that he tried to rob is alright.

    • tellnitlikeitis

      @ ecneff.. ok i guess ive been brainwashed by the black panthers or something. go figure. ok.. ill do as you say and ill ask the good people of mt lebo, bethel park and st claire if they think munhall is “the hood”. just for the heck of it ill stop out robinson then sewickly to get their opinion also. lol come on man.. thats like going to the mercedez benz dealership asking what they think of a ford focus. why not ask people from munhall if munhall is “the hood”??

    • ecneff

      That’s laughable. I don’t define “the hood” by skin color. I define it by the prevalence of crime. And by that definition, Munhall is the hood. Class envy, a victim mentality and stereotypes that have been stuffed down your throat are clouding your ability to reason.

    • ZAK

      It will stop once they have all killed each other, and all thats left is the law abiding citizens.

    • JA

      innocent?! He tried to rob a woman at gun point and you still think he was innocent?! If anything she’s the innocent one and god bless her for having the strength and the courage to defend herself!!

    • steve

      Innocent? Are you for real? Sounds like you are part of the problem too!

      Good for the punk and congrats for the female who hit her target!

      • tellnitlikeitis

        Fyi: bigjerm commented on this story before the story was updated. The original story said nothing about a robbery. Give him a break. He doesn’t sound like a problem he sounds like someone who hates to read stories like this regardless of who it happened to and where it happened at.. much like myself. Maybe the ones with the “kill em all” mentality are the problem.

    • ecneff

      Oh yeah? Ask anyone from Mt. Lebanon, St. Clair or Bethel Park if they think that’s the hood. Anywhere I wouldn’t let my wife drive alone at night is “the hood.”

    • tellnitlikeitis

      Lol.. most people in those communities are scared of or don’t like black people anyway. So of course munhall is “the hood”. And I wouldn’t let my wife drive thru those neighborhoods you mentioned either out of fear she’ll be verbally attacked with racial comments. We all know that’s not uncommon. To each his own.

    • ecneff

      Interesting, but fallible thought process there. You’re just being silly now. When a person can’t defend their position with facts and reason, the simplest reaction is to deflect and accuse. Sorry, you’re just not going to win this one. Merry Christmas!

    • tellinitlikeitis

      @ecenuff.. you seem to be a smart person (grammar-wise atleast). But I’m scratching my head as to why you cannot see the lopsidedness in that survey.

  • Daniel

    It will stop when we realize that taking money and benefits away from our police departments results in the increase in crime that we are seeing.

  • Ray

    I say it was pretty good shooting. God Bless her.

    • Gerald

      You said it Ray. I hope all these wanna be gangster tough guys see this and realize when they decide to commit a crime and victimize the public, that there is a very real possibility that they may become victims themselves.

  • How 'bout That

    What do you know? A little punk with a big gun — sounds like he got EXACTLY WHAT HE DESERVED. Oh well. You go, girl.

  • whatgoesaround

    i live right up the hill. it’s a shame these neighborhoods are going to H3LL. kid got what he deserved if he tried to rob her. maybe people won’t underestimate females no more.

  • Nellie Lynch

    God bless the woman. Great shot on her part. My husband & I both carry LEGALLY & I’m a better shot than him.

    • James


  • tellinitlikeitis

    Welfare huh.. Americans payment plan for 400 yrs of unpaid/forced labor, kidnapping, murder and rape. Looking for someone to blame? Start with your ansestors.

    • Kelly

      Why should we have to pay for the sins of our fathers? I have been robbed, assaulted and threatened by black people and they don’t pay me. Where is my justice?

    • gobacktoafricaifitssobadhere

      it’s spelled ancestors. and for a race of people who were supposedly worked to death you guys sure take your time crossing the street while cars are waiting….must’ve been all that “work” huh? btw, blame your own people slavery….they were the ones who SOLD you for white people didn’t come over there and kidnap you guys…but it’s easier to play the race card, isn’t it?

      • Sue

        There wouldn’t have been anyone to sell those people to if it weren’t for the greed of the whites who were too lazy to do their own work. You are unbelievably ignorant. And no, I’m not black.

      • tellnitlikeitis

        That’s true.. the white people back then were only responding to the craigslist ad Africans posted for cheap slavery. My fault lol

      • Sue

        Kelly, I think you better check your “facts”. Maybe read a book or two. Dutch slavetraders brought the first African slaves to America.

    • Skyfire

      Depending on which side of the family you look at, my ancestors either had their lands stolen by Europeans, or arrived around the turn of the century and got worked to death in the mills, so yeah.

  • steve


  • Robee

    I am saddened by the comments I’ve read. How does your eye for an eye approach or evil thoughts any different then those that you call disposable? My God, forgive them for they know not what they do. It’s terrible to think that innocent people have to deal with the criminals as well as people like you. My brother was brutally murdered & my gut instinct was to forgive. Where’s your faith? “Vengence is mine sayeth the Lord!”

  • Dee

    It is a shame that we all relish in the fact that this happened in a certain neighborhood. I am happy in the fact that she was able to defend herself but once again another teen has lost his life. It does not matter what city or color u are but what is failing the system is these teens have no mentors to guide them and all of us should be ashamed of that. I hope he rests in peace and she recovers from this horrible incident. It could happen to anyone!!!!

    • Jim

      Why should I be ashamed? How about the parents taking responsibility for their kids actions. They are supposed to be the mentor. As the father said, he was in trouble before yet he was out late on a school night with a gun. Sounds like the family dropped the ball not me!

  • tellinitlikeitis

    Lmao.. ill see what I can do to get black people to cross the street faster. anything else? by the way I’m not from Africa and never been there. I’m from Virginia.. and I do go back to where I came from every month.. friggin idiot lol

  • Jim

    I don’t know how race got to be the subject. It has nothing to do with race. The kid threatened someones life and paid the price for it. Enough said.

    • tellnitlikeitis

      It’s always about race jim.. I’m sick of reading ignorant comments about black people when a few black men do something wrong. People love to classify a whole race off just a few bad apples. There’s millions of black people who do work and abide by the myself but as soon as something like this occur it supposedly speaks for the whole race I guess. Who knows.

  • James

    You know you people make me sick………R.I.P Lil Dwain..Love you cuz…No matter what the situation nobody deserves to die. You can’t come back from death. It’s a shame some of the comments..He got what he deserved etc…If that was your family memeber etc you wouldn’t feel that way..But you will have to mourn one day, and when that day comes I hope whoever it is your mom, kids, etc deserves to die…

    • Kelly

      I mourned my mom ins 2008. I mourned my dad in 2002. Neither of them died by attempting to rob someone else.

      Some people die innocently, but some in fact do not. Did he deserve it? No. But did he assume the risk of being hurt when he attempted to harm another person? i would have to say yes. If he would have left her alone, he would be alive.

  • Sue

    I am embarrassed to be white right now with all you racists idiots out there making the rest of us look bad.

  • James

    Wow…Really racist…You will pay for your comments one day…Dirtbag family..You know none of his background or anything he has been through. He made a costly mistake but no one deserves to die.

  • Sue

    I am white, but not red neck, white trash like you, whiskey6.

  • Niles

    R.I.P To my Friend Dwain heath jr the weird thing is i was on the phone with him yesterday we went to school together and everything he’s not this type of person unless he was high but dwain ill always love you/ you were a brother to me R.i.P again you will be missed

  • Ken

    Did anybody ever here of sin? If not for Christ where would you be? This is sad that the girl had to kill a human being. She will have to live with that for the rest of her life (self defense or not). And the young man is dead with no chance to turn his life around. All this politic and history of slavery talk is childish. Weep with those who weep and stop trying to one up each other . Pray for the families of all involved and for everybody you know.

  • tellnitlikeitis

    BREAKING NEWS: the boy was a runner for some local drug dealer. he was to meet this particular young lady to complete a drug transaction. instead the boy tried to rob her. the boy had just gotten the gun via trade for his xbox 360 not even a week before this incident. 100 percent true info.

  • Sue

    I am leaving this pointless conversation since it is obvious the only ones still participating are uneducated racists but before I go, I do have one suggestion for you all–you should introduce yourselves so you will already know each other when you get to hell.

    • So Hurt

      I am very sad about this horrific crime both ways. I had the privledge of knowing that young man and he was a great kid just troubled. No one knows his history for the short amount of time he walked this earth. Don’t be so quick too judge. I pray for the young lady and pray she gets the counseling she will need for having too take a life. Rest in peace Dwain, I’ll see you again one day. Your heart was too heavy too go on.

  • Sue

    @So Hurt

    I’m afraid you may have misunderstood my comments since the ones that prompted my replies have been removed. I have been attacked repeatedly simply because I choose not to judge people by the color of their skin.

    • So Hurt

      I understood u Sue and my comment had nothing too do with your replies. I appreciate people like you in the world. Because of people like you, this crazy world has hope. Keep being who you are and never compromise for anyone.

      • Sue

        @So Hurt

        Sorry, but when I got the email with your comment it said it was in response to mine. I guess I’m a little sensitive right now. Thanks for your kind words.

  • nichole

    Oh prejudice people…please remember that there are still shots always fired in the burbs! The only difference is that its some high and deranged cheating, broke-because-we-live-beyond-our-means husband who decides that the whole family should die because his lies are exposed!

  • ifyouonlyknew

    now i want to clearify a few things on here…..HE was my step-son, and none of you all knew him. This was not him, never in a million years. He was not alone and i believe she knew him. Also i know in my heart this was a set up. He made a very bad decision but he was not a violent child. So for all of you low lifes on here that say he got what he deserved, GOD will make sure you pay for that…he was a child, a child of GOD.

    If anyone has any info on this incident, please contact myself or his father.

    thank you.

    Mrs. Heath

  • dan

    Its only a shame she couldn’t have castrated the people who raised this kid after she shot him. They are also to blame!

  • Dan


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