PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Authorities say one man was critically injured and another is facing charges after an attempted robbery led to gunfire overnight in Pittsburgh’s Oakland section.
The shooting happened before 3 a.m. on Forbes Avenue. A police officer stationed at the Original Hot Dog heard the gun shots and quickly called for backup.
According to police, 18-year-old Jason Woodall fled the scene and tried to hide after the gunfire stopped, but he was found a short time later by a University of Pittsburgh police officer.
“She saw him under the car as she was running up the sidewalk,” said Commander Kathy Degler, of Pittsburgh Police. “He was just starting to get out and he saw her and tried to dive back under the car and she stopped him and found him and a weapon there.”
Police say Woodall is accused of attempting to rob 23-year-old Cory Garmon of a bracelet. The men exchanged gunfire, and Garmon was critically injured.
“He asked him if he was shot,” said Commander Degler. “And the kid said yes, and he was shot in the chest.”
Woodall was grazed by a bullet and treated and released from the hospital. However, the victim had to undergo surgery Friday morning.
His mother, unable to see him in the operating room, came back to the scene.
“I just got the call and it scared me,” said Sheila Garmon, the victim’s mother. “He just said, ‘Ma, I just got shot. I’m at Originals. I just got shot.’ And then the phone went blank. My phone went blank.”
KDKA has learned that Garmon’s gun was registered and licensed to him, and that charges will most likely not be filed.
Meanwhile, Woodall is facing attempted homicide, robbery, aggravated assault and receiving stolen property charges because the gun he was used was stolen, according to police.
A window and a door of two businesses along Forbes Avenue were also shattered during the gunfire. But both stores were closed at the time of the shooting.