PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A young man was shot and killed Saturday afternoon in the Hill District shortly after a vigil had wrapped for the victim of a homicide last month in the same area.
Pittsburgh police say the 24-year-old man killed today was shot once in the back in an apparent drive-by shooting in the 2200-block of Bedford Avenue near Kirkpatrick Street and Memory Lane just after 4:30 p.m.
Police have identified the victim as Robert Butler-Peterson. Officers found him unconscious on the ground and he was later pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
Authorities secured almost an entire city block while investigating this afternoon.
Neighbors and loved ones of the victim gathered at the scene.
According to Pittsburgh police, officers received a tip that someone in a black vehicle may have been involved in the shooting. While checking the area, police say officers pulled over a vehicle fitting that description and detained the people inside.
Four people were taken in to police headquarters Saturday evening for questioning including a female. However, no arrests have been made.
Police say a small child was inside the vehicle that was pulled over in connection with the shooting.
Anyone with information on the shooting is being asked to contact the Pittsburgh Police Homicide Squad at 412-323-7161.
Also, police say an officer on the way to the scene of the crash had to be taken to the hospital after his vehicle collided with an EMS unit in the Strip District.
Meanwhile, this latest shooting happened following a vigil for 17-year-old Rasheed Coleman who was shot and killed on a foot path in a wooded area behind Memory Lane on April 23.
Coleman’s mother was at the 2 p.m. vigil before the shots rang out.
“We had just stopped a little bit ago and this occurred and I cannot image how this young gentleman’s mother feels,” said Shawntika Rice, Coleman’s mother. “This is really sad because another senseless killing, another family who is in pain.”
No arrests have been made in that shooting.