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Deputy DA: Strip District Victim In Wrong Place At Wrong Time

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Investigators for the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office say the woman who died during shootings in the Strip District happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

After gunfire erupted at Club Fever, 27-year-old Shateecha Roach, a mother and Pittsburgh Public Schools District employee, was killed.

But investigators think one of the wounded men now in critical condition was the real target.

“And it appears that this that this unfortunate female was standing a little too close to him,” Deputy District Attorney Mark Tranquilli said.

Harold Hayes: “So she wasn’t the target?”

Tranquilli: “No – no indication of that.”

Investigators offered no specifics on just who was where during the shooting, but District Attorney Stephen Zappala says the club was told to either close voluntarily or face losing its liquor license.

“They decided they’re going to close voluntarily. LCB today has taken this issue up. They’ve contacted us to tell us, ask our opinion on the matter.

“I don’t know how you can make the place safe. I mean that’s my gut reaction to it,” Zappala said.

Zappala also met with South Side business owners concerned about recent club closings there and he says he’s a step closer to implementing surveillance camera checkpoints that can help monitor nightlife.

“They can give one police officer eyes up and down Carson Street so from the 10th Street Bridge all the way down.

“If you come through one of these checkpoints, what they’ll do is it will pick up your face, it will pick up your plates.

“So if we have wants or warrants on your plates, obviously the car’s going to be – we’re going to snatch the car,” he explained.

Meantime, Pittsburgh police are investigating reports that liquor was stolen from the club after it was shut down. They’re also continuing to interview witnesses in the shooting and looking for suspects.

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