Man Released From Jail After Allegedly Shooting At Kids

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A Garfield man was released from the Allegheny County Jail Monday night after allegedly shooting at kids Sunday afternoon.

George Woodson, 62, was charged with a felony count of aggravated assault for allegedly shooting at some boys he believed were harassing him.

Police were called to the 5000-block of Dearborn Street after reports of gunfire.

When officers arrived in the neighborhood, they saw two men running in different directions.

One of them, later identified as Michael Mitchell, suffered a gunshot wound to his thigh.

Mitchell told investigators that he was just walking when he saw a man with a black-hooded sweatshirt running away from the front of Woodson’s home.

He said he saw Woodson come out of the home and start shooting.

Woodson told KDKA’s Ralph Iannotti that he was just trying to protect his home.

After interviewing a witness, police went to Woodson’s house. He told authorities that he shot at kids who were throwing bricks at his house.

Woodson claims his house was fire-bombed on Thanksgiving Eve by someone who thinks he snitched to police.

Woodson is an Air Force veteran who has lived in the Garfield home for 20 years.

He told police he couldn’t take any more harassment from individuals breaking his windows.

He also said he wished he had called 911 instead.

“I wish I would have called the police. I acted before I thought,” Woodson said.

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  • lauren d cosgrove

    Haha. That’s funny

  • Joseph

    the headline of this story is very misleading. It casts the man as the only one at fault in this case and even though he shouldn’t have shot at the vandals, there is no need for a misleading and ill concieved labeling.

  • Pete

    I agree with Josephs comments and to add to this…The vandals in this neighborhood continue to get away with terrorizing those who live here. I have friends who are homeowners in this area and have witnessed these kids throw bricks at houses, urinate on lawns, harass families, and cause frustration to everyone who lives there. Police have been called but they leave prior to their arrival. These kids continue to vandalize and frustrate neighbors. I am not saying that shooting a gun is the answer, or any answer, but something needs to be done about these kids who torment everyone.

  • Mike

    Maybe this man has the right idea. These kids will think twice now about vandalizing him again.

  • expittsburgh

    He should’ve called 911? What a joke! That wouldn’t have done a single thing. He did the right thing.

  • Concerned

    Anyone thinking or considering that that man may have shot someone who had nothing to do with vandalizing anyones property? Actually, he just came out of his house shooting!!! I guess he had motive and anger enough to shoot someone just walking to the store huh? IDIOTS……..

  • nancydrew

    This is closer to self defense. Given enough harassment by unruly kids I would probably do the same.

  • Jeff

    Leave it to KDKA to use the left of center slant and leave this man looking like the bad guy. 911…did not do much last winter for another black resident????

  • ACK

    Give the kids the “ACK” ultimatum……Make Big Mac or go to Iraq

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