Man Charged Following Road Rage Shooting

By Ralph Iannotti

POINT BREEZE (KDKA) — A Pittsburgh man is facing charges after allegedly shooting another man five times after a road rage incident in Point Breeze Monday afternoon.

Under police guard, 36-year-old David Bush, of East Liberty was released from UPMC Mercy Hospital and taken directly downtown. He is facing charges of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and carrying a firearm without a license.

Bush was taken to the hospital after his arrest following a road rage incident in North Point Breeze on Lexington Street. He was taken into custody in Penn Hills, but police used a Taser to subdue him.

Bush is accused of shooting 37-year-old Lamont Johns, of Wilkinsburg. The shooting took place on the street in front of the building housing the Allegheny County 911 Emergency Operations Center, Allegheny County Police and 911 dispatchers.

An official with the Service Employees International Union Local 688, representing dispatchers, told KDKA-TV’s Ralph Iannotti that the area where the shooting occurred is supposed to be secure and off limits to the general public because there’s an iron gate there.

However, the official says the gate hasn’t been used since the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh back in 2009.

There’s no word on Johns’ condition; however, he was conscious and alert when he was taken away after the shooting.


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  • Dan

    10 yrs ago people got the chair for killing people. That fell by the wayside and no people are so blatent they shoot each other right in front of the police stations….sad lets get back to basics!

    • Matthias

      Yeah, let’s get back to the death penalty even though we now know that many of those who were sentenced to death and have died were innocent.

      Yeah, the death penalty, where the poor who commit murder will get the chair while the rich will walk away from it.

      Yeah, that is fair. Let’s get back to it. :/

      • dawn


      • Eric

        Move them all to Matthias’ spare bedroom. Got to love those soft hearted “keep them alive forever” type people. They dont mind living among evil I guess.

      • Matthias


        “Got to love those soft hearted “keep them alive forever” type people.”

        I don’t have the power to keep them alive forever, but maybe you missed the boat on understanding the fact we all eventually die.

        “They dont mind living among evil I guess.”

        Life in prison without parole has nothing to do with myself living among evil.

        I swear, I am dealing with mental midgets. LOL

      • Eric

        As far back as the Bible goes they removed evil from society. The eliminated it. “Three hots and a cot” , oh and HBO everyday. You pay for it decade after decade. I want my tax dollars going to something more useful that will BENEFIT society.

      • Matthias


        The costs associated with convicts on death row are not above the costs of housing prisoners for life sentences.

        And, that is only one aspect of this debate.


      Agreed Dan! people have no respect !

  • Mike

    What do you propose we do, Matthias? Continue to let them get away with it?

    • Matthias

      You have never heard of a life sentence without parole?

      • Hoss

        Life sentences without parole leads to crowded jails. Which leads to protests about crowded jails. Which leads to early releases for “minor” offenders and those convicted and serving medium length sentences (say, 10 – 20 yrs). Which leads to more ex-cons on the street. Which leads to those same ex-cons committing more crime, and often more violent crime. The cycle spirals out of control. So, Matthias, what is your answer to that?

      • Matthias


        I answer that with this, firstly, you went down what is known in the world of fallacies as the “slippery slope.” In fact, you took that slope and went out of control with it. LOL However, I wouldn’t expect you to understand that concept.

        Second, the issue of prisons benig over crowded is separate issue from the death penalty. There are many facets about that issue which could take days and weeks to discuss. In fact, we could discuss socio-economical issues and education and begin from there, but I think I have already lost you. LOL

        So, take your self-made spiral and live with it because that is all you got.

      • Eric

        And a lifetime of HBO. Oh, and nobody EVER escapes from prison. Have you looked at your post office wall lately?

      • Matthias


        LOL yet again.

        How many convicted murderers have escaped from a maximum security prison? LOL

        Oh, and if any of them do escape, I’d rather have that than the taking of an innocent life by mistake.

        Oh wait, you want to be God and judge and sentence other humans to be sentenced to death… you like to quote from the Bible, yet in your heart, you judge and sentence your fellow human kind to death.

      • Eric

        I believe, less than a year ago, 4 of them escaped down south and burnt a couple to death in their trailer. The convicts cousin/girlfriend helped them escape. Nobody can convince me housing a convict for 30 or 40 years is cheaper than exterminiating them. Curious what you think about the “nut” that just shot that female congresswoman and killed a federal judge in front of tons of witnesses. No doubt about it. Keep him alive why????

      • Eric

        Oh and I neglected to mention….HE KILLED A CHILD ALSO. And, NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. Keep him alive why?

      • Matthias

        I have answered the question that you keep asking, so why do you keep asking?

        Besides the answer I have already provided, are you not a believer in the God from the Bible? If so, (and your replies lead me to believe that you are) then fear or fret not because those who were murdered will receive their reward in heaven and those who committed the murders will be judged and sentenced by God.

        As for your story about the escaped murderers, please provide proof.

        Of course, it can happen and without a doubt prisoners do escape. Not often, but for certainty. Yet, my answer still stands. Oh, you don’t know my answer yet because you haven’t removed your subjective blinders from your eyes.

      • Eric

        You are either a defense attorney or a used car salesman. You FAILED to answer anything about the shooter that KILLED a federal judge and a CHILD in front of witnesses. No doubt about it. The Bible supported the death penalty in numerous passages in the text. I am currently looking for the article on the escaped convicts that MURDERED innocent lives when they escaped. I am having difficulty because of the NUMEROUS articles on escaped inmates killing people that I find in Google. Once again, why do you want to use MY money to support CONFIRMED cold blooded killers. I, as most others on here, just dont understand your reasoning. 2apples + 2 apples = 4 apples correct?

      • Matthias


        I am not going to do your “homework” for you. I answered those questions throughout this blog. If you can’t find them or if you are unable to apply reason to understand that those questions have been answered then you just don’t have the mental capacity (subjective vs. objective) to understand.

        I answered about the person who killed the judge in front of all those witnesses.

        I answered about your biblical beliefs. However, I will add this… in the NT where does Jesus state that He is PRO Death Penalty? LOL

        I answered you about the money issue.

        Your apples equation is nonsensical to this issue.

    • Ann

      The cost associated with inmates on deathrow has increased significantly. Healthcare is a fundamental right of inmates. A right. If you are on death row the healthcare professionals need added security for their own safety…added cost. Life without parole. Big healthcare cost because if inmates don’t get regular checkups by dentists, physicians, etc. They can sue for violation of their fundamental right to healthcare. People are actually committing crimes in some states for the healthcare. No I am not full of it. I actually do business with several Depts of Corrections and it’s ridiculous what inmates are entitled to.. Yes entitled. Tell that to a family member who’s loved one was just murdered by someone. Gotta make sure that inmate is healthy and eats right and lives a long time because he/she has rights. Please. It costs on average $32000 a yr/per inmate in tax payer dollars in PA. I think I want my tax dollars to go toward someone who contributes to society. You take a life, you deserve to die. That should be your fundamental right

      • Matthias

        Yeah, right on, Ann. Let’s fight fire with fire. Hey, the Bush administration sent thousands to die in a war for oil. Let’s send them all to death row. After all, as tax paying citizens, that should be our fundamental right too.

  • chance

    DEATH PENALTY…No second offenders!

    • Matthias

      Life in prsion without the possibility of parole = no second offenders…


      if the convicted is found later to be innocent, the punishment is reversable.

      • Eric

        And when they have it on videotape and the act is commited in front of hundreds and thousands without any doubt of guilt. Keep them alive why? There are many cases that fit this scenario. Keep them alive why? I am confused.

      • Hoss

        Matthias, you can LOL all you want. You never answered my question. Just avoided answering it. You advocate life sentences but don’t recognize that subject as being connected with crowded jails? Where do all those prisoners serving life sentences go? Maybe to the same fantasy world you live in. I prefer to live in reality. My posts are based on facts, unlike your posts. LOL.

      • Matthias


        You keep them alive because for at least one reason – the death penalty claims lives of innocent people!

        Let me see if I can bring this “home” for you. Say, your wife or mother or father was accused of a murder that either one of them didn’t commit. However, your father can’t afford a good attorney and he is eventually sentenced to death. He dies in the chair, but later it is found out that he didn’t commit the crime.

        That scenario happens.

        The death penalty cannot be administered fairly and flawlessly. Therefore, for that reason alone, it should not exist.

        Now, in your mind, you may believe that executing known murderers is okay even if that means a few innocent people will have the same fate, but in my mind, no way.


        I knew I was dealing with a mental midget. I did answer your question. Your slippery slope of an argument isn’t worthy of an eighth grader.

      • matthias hater

        You have no life ! all i see is you responding and arguing to comment after comment on different issues on this website……. like do you not have a husband or wife or kids or a job? Guess I have to keep working to support your internet addiction

  • Gone Fishin

    People, there IS NO death penalty in PA anymore, so get over it.
    In fact you’re better off getting the “so called” death sentence because you
    also get along wit it unlimited legal support and unlimited appeals basically until you die of natural causes. AND you’re especially better off if you commit a murder in Pgh or Phil because of all the Liberal Judges that hand out college scholarships and unlimited social programs as “punishment” so we can all get along.

  • dr. michael

    Our country needs to get back to basic Biblical values. What ever happened to the Golden Rule? When someone commits such a senseless and unspeakable crime, they need to be removed from society. We all need to take a stand against this violence. We all need to address it and not pretend that it didnt happen because it does not involve us directly.

    • Matthias

      @dr. michael,

      so by putting a “dr” title in front of your name makes you an authority on this matter? LOL

      It is quite obvious that you are no doctor… well, maybe a doctor of bull and playing “cognito.”

      Who is pretending that “it didn’t happen?” Certainly not any one here or the police or the victim or the families involved, or the…. LOL

      And as for your basic “Biblical values” those same values can be found in many other philosophies… values don’t come from a book persay, but from one’s heart and mind, which is mostly a result in the way one is raised.

      • Eric

        Is that all you got Matthias, insulting other peoples intelligence? Quit putting up a smoke screen and deal with this issues at hand instead of taking personal shots at everybody that disagrees with you. Let the Commonwealth know when your spare bedroom is completed and we will send them your way and your expense. Problem solved.

      • Matthias

        @ Eric,

        No, that is not all I got. In fact, if you could comprehend what you read… if you could remove the blinders of bias that you wear, you’d see it.

      • dr. michael

        I have forgotten more theology that you will ever know or understand. Actually I do in fact hold a Doctoral Degree, what degree do you possess that qualifies you to expound on topics that you sadly are not very well informed of? The values do in fact come from God and His word. We are engaged in a spiritual battle good vs evil. You better get into the Bible and read what it has to say.

      • Doctor Who

        DoctorWho says

        Matthias Is so quick to attack some immediately because of his moniker.
        Some people just dont have a life. I am only posting because of the comments about innocent people being sent to the chair. Very racely does this happen. If all of the “innocent people were gathered together in Pittsburgh you could probally
        populate a whole section of the city with them.

  • Eric

    Matthias is very generous with other peoples money. Frankly, I would rather mine support a cause that we all benefit from. Not support trash until their natural death behind bars.

  • Thomas J Duttine

    “He didn’t want to kill him” OH, then that’s OK then…

    • Matthias

      Yeah, that was a ridiculous statement. He deserves a fair trial and if found guilty, which is a rather obvious conclusion, should be punished according to the law.


    Gas prices are TOO DAMN HIGH!
    Then you have individuals like this who can’t fight their way out of a paper bag if it was left open. WHY; cause they are TOO DAMN HIGH!

  • HUH

    So if the guy pleads guilty to the crime, THEN can he be executed? Remember that the standard is “beyond a REAONSABLE doubt”, not every doubt concievable. What if there was video footage, his grandma witnessed it, and he confessed. THEN is it OK to execute?
    And tell me how a killer can’t kill someone else, like a CO or other inmate, while in maximum security prison?

    Oh, on the blood for oil charge, why did gas prices go up, and where is my oil?

    • Matthias

      “So if the guy pleads guilty to the crime, THEN can he be executed?”

      Legally, not unless the federal or state law allows for an execution.

      “Remember that the standard is “beyond a REAONSABLE doubt”, not every doubt concievable. What if there was video footage, his grandma witnessed it, and he confessed. THEN is it OK to execute?”

      See the above answer.

      “And tell me how a killer can’t kill someone else, like a CO or other inmate, while in maximum security prison?”

      It could happen. Who said it couldn’t?

      Oh, on the blood for oil charge, why did gas prices go up, and where is my oil?

  • Matthias

    Your gas prices went up because the war for oil had nothing to do with you or any other slack-jawed yokel. It was about the Bush family keeping their fortunes.

    We attacked Iraq for what reason now?

  • Observer

    God instituted the death penalty, “Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed:for in the image of God made he man.”
    The murder of innocent humans was punishable by the death of the murderer by society.
    The reverse of the argument Matthias has is that, if an innocent person may be executed by the death penalty, what of the innocent people who are killed because a murderer, child molester, etc. was set free on a technicality, even if he was obviously guilty. Is the murderer’s life more important than innocent people? The child molester who was pardoned early ended up kidnapping a little girl, raping and strangling her, and burying her in the back yard in the same neighborhood of the victim’s family. I think this happened in Florida a couple years ago. According to Matthias, we should let this man live for the rest of his life, in better conditions than many American citizens do, solely because Matthias doesn’t want to accept the death penalty.
    God is a God of love, as well as a god of Justice, and He approves of the death penalty. The death penalty as executed by human government was NEVER done away with by God.

    • Matthias


      Nice try. Really. However, let’s take another look at the Bible and its teachings on the death penalty.

      “God instituted the death penalty, “Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed:for in the image of God made he man.” The murder of innocent humans was punishable by the death of the murderer by society.”

      It’s easy to cherry-pick the Bible. People have made a living off of that for eons. Jim Jones was great at that. Yet, I am not going to compare you to him, but just making a point. Your quote is from the Old Testament and was meant for the Israelites. In the New Testament, Jesus taught differently.

      The New Testament does not have any specific teachings about capital punishment. However, the Old Testament ideas of punishment became secondary to Jesus’ message of love and redemption. Both reward and punishment are seen as properly taking place in eternity, rather than in this life.

      Jesus said His mission was not to abolish the Law, but to fulfill it (Matthew 5:17-20). However, He and His apostles greatly modified our understanding of God’s intentions. Love is the principle that must guide all our actions (Matthew 5:43-48, 22:34-40, Mark 12:28-34, Luke 10:25-28, Romans 13:9-10, Galatians 5:14). Christians are bound by Jesus’ commands to “Love the Lord your God” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” We are no longer bound by the harsh Old Testament Law (John 1:16-17, Romans 8:1-3, 1 Corinthians 9:20-21).

      Jesus flatly rejected the Old Testament principle of taking equal revenge for a wrong done (Matthew 5:38-41, Luke 9:52-56). He also said that we are all sinners and do not have the right to pass judgment on one another (Matthew 7:1-5). In the case of a woman caught in adultery (a capital offense), Jesus said to those who wanted to stone her to death,

      “Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once again he bent down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the elders; and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, sir.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.” (NRSV, John 8:7-11)

      The apostle Paul also warned against taking revenge for a wrong done (Romans 12:17-21, 1 Thessalonians 5:15). Likewise, the apostle Peter warned us not to repay evil with evil (1 Peter 3:9).

      Enough said about the Bible and the death penalty. Now on to your nonsensical rambling about innocence and people being killed.

      Maybe you just don’t understand. Maybe you do, but I’ll say it one more time. The death penalty is a flawed law. It takes away innocent lives and is administered unfairly. If you think one innocent life being lost through the death penalty justifies its existence through the killing of guilty murderers then your heart and mind is that of a God – you are then both judge and jury regarding life, innocent or not.

      You will see either very few or none sitting on death row who are of monetary influence. The death penalty is for the poor and disenfranchised.

      As for convicted murderers on death row or in any maximum security prison living a good life better than those not confined, all I can do is laugh. Go and visit one of those prisons and tell me that you would rather be there than living even in a broken down trailer.

      • dr. michael

        Does not matter…..When you turn from Biblical standards, you have no respect for life or anything else. Thats the biggest problem we face now is that no one wants to be really accountable for their actions. This comment has nothing to do with your nonsenscial rambling. It is the bleeding liberals who make these type of comments as our society spiral out of control. My suggestion to you is to really study the Bible and get the true meaning out of the Truth that the Holy Spirit inspired men to write, as you have completely missed the entire point of what is written in the Bible. It individuals like you who twist and contort for your own purpose. Please repent now and allow the blood of Jesus cover you.

      • Matthias

        LOL at dr. Michael

        Turning from biblical standards? How about what is in the hearts of people and your lord Jesus, but go ahead and cast the stones that Jesus said not to cast.

        Nonsensical rambling only to people like you who can’t understand logic and common sense.

        Bleeding liberals! LOL Yep, you gots be a liberal not to carry a gun and have an NRA membership card and support Bush in his war for oil… yep.

        Repent yourself, moron.

  • Justice for All!

    Hmmm an open and shut case!
    Put the Gallows up in the New market Square and hang the S.O.B.
    A public hanging for all to see, even televise it!
    Or make money off it and place it on Pay Per View!
    The extra money sure would help the city!

    • Dan

      I was just trying to get the point across that no one fears the judicial system anymore because they dont put people to death. When I was a kid I feared my dad taking a belt to my azz, so I didnt do things I knew were wrong..its kinda along the same lines!

      • Matthias

        I see your point, but most murders are crimes of passion. Crimes of passion have nothing to do with fear for any reprisal.

        The second most reason for murders are for money or gain, and those people believe that they can get away with it, so capital punishment doesn’t work there either.

  • unknown

    Unless you guys don’t know the full story, you shouldn’t make judgments. You guys really don’t know what hell he’s been through in his life, nor do you know his motives. All I can say is that he is a grown man, he knew what he did was inexcusable and wrong and that he should be punishable by law. But guess what, we all make bad decisions, therefore, who are we to judge another human being without knowing the whole story? And plus, who can trust the media nowadays? They didn’t tell the whole story of the incident.

    And with that, I have no more comments to make. Just remember that we all do things that are wrong so we have no room to judge another person.

    • Matthias

      Doing “things that are wrong” and breaking the law via a felony are two completely different things, unknown.

      You may have committed a felony like this crazy guy, but I haven’t, so speak for yourself.

  • Dan

    Dear unknown, I do know this guy. I have had interactions with him in the past and he is a total jerk off..You called me out so there it is…He should have been in jail a long time ago

  • Dan

    But you are right about the media, its all propaganda to get ratings…stories are so slanted now and if your a teacher, cop,firefighter or anyone with a public name look out your GUILTY until proven innocent.

  • Dan

    Matthias, I somewhat understand your point, but there has to be a punishment for killing someone. It has to be severe. I do agree that there has been people wrongly executed. I do believe that crime and the way things are going needs to change also. I primarily blame parents for not doing their job, but thats another story!

    • Matthias

      Indeed. Yet, a punishment of life in prison without any chance for parole is a just punishment for committing murder.

      • Lamar Thorne

        yo im poor as hell , I might just kill a cracker just so i can get 3 meals a day and cable for life! Thats like winnin da lottery

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