PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A recent string of deadly shootings prompted Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper to address the violence during a news conference today at Pittsburgh Police Headquarters.

Chief Harper’s message included asking for the community’s help as investigators continue to try and piece together information in the cases.

KDKA’s Harold Hayes reports that Chief Harper offered additional details surrounding the recent shootings. He said many of the victims were involved in criminal activity themselves.

In the investigation into the shooting death of 19-year-old Antwan Leake, Chief Harper said he has contacted the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office.

Leake was shot and killed last weekend during a home invasion on Rochelle Street in Knoxville. Police said they believe two gunmen entered the house and shot Leake.

“I have spoken to District Attorney Stephen Zappala. The DA’s Office will be moving ahead to shut this house down because it is considered a drug house,” said Chief Harper. “Once again, the criminal activity that Antwan Leake, the lifestyle he want to live.”

He said that there may be addition moves similar to that one in the coming days.

Other cases he addressed included the shooting deaths of Chris Michaux, Darius Grimsley, Dante Beasley and others.

Chief Harper also brought in various crime intervention groups during the news conference to explain how they are addressing the violence problems.

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