Children Find Gun Following South Side Shooting

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Police say a group of second-graders at a local elementary school found the gun believed to be used in an attempted robbery and shooting on the South Side early this morning.

The shooting happened around 2:30 a.m. when some masked men tried to rob a man on Jane Street between 18th and 19th Streets. When the victim said he had no money, investigators say one of the suspects shot him in the stomach and took off.

A short time later, a group of second graders at Phillips Elementary School made an alarming discovery just about two blocks from the scene of the shooting.

“They all see this gun laying in a secured area to the right of the playground,” Pittsburgh Public Schools Police Chief Bob Fadzen told KDKA-TV.

Chief Fadzen said the gun was not loaded and the children were never in any danger. He praised them for doing the right thing. “They got their teacher,” he added, “they performed brilliantly!”

Police have one suspect in custody; but they are still looking for two more.

Marlon Spencer, 19, of Wilkinsburg, is charged with attempted criminal homicide, aggravated assault, robbery, conspiracy and a gun charge.

Officials believe the weapon that the youngsters found could match the clip that Spencer had when police arrested him this morning.

Investigators also recovered two masks that they believe the suspects were wearing.

As for the children, Chief Fadzen told KDKA, “We’re not going to let that neighborhood violence influence impact these kids.”

Fadzen says the district will send a letter home to parents letting them know about the incident.


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    One Comment

    1. Paul says:

      The City is really getting bad. It’s so sad that you can’t even go to the South Side anymore without being harassed and jumped by thugs from Wilkinsburg. And to boot, the poor guy didn’t have any money so he was shot?????!!!!! What kind of sick world do we live in today – is someone’s life worth so little? I am so sick and tired of the disprect and disregard for life – something needs done and soon.

    2. chance says:

      Shoot the slime bags! No loss to society!

    3. Tamika says:

      Don’t they baby mommas learn dem kids dont never let go of yo gun?

    4. Thomas J Duttine says:

      You also will be deleted by KDKA gestapo!

    5. Hotel says:

      Did he have a father?i know, stupid question.

    6. kilo says:

      Better yet, make them get a job

    7. Sadcityresident says:

      The city of pittsburgh and the world are scared of blacks and think they should be able to act and do whatever they want…Shame on you for calling like it is….thomas is right , your comment will be deleted !

    8. Thomas J Duttine says:

      Told ya!

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