GREEN TREE (KDKA) – A family is mourning the loss of a son after a fatal shooting near the border of Green Tree and Pittsburgh Sunday afternoon.
According to police, the shooting happened in the 600-block of Noblestown Road around 2 p.m.
Neighbors saw two men arguing outside when things escalated and shots were fired.
“The car pulled up and we heard gunshots and the one gentleman, we watched him die in the streets,” Adam Rossi said.
The victim was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital, where he later died.
He has been identified as Mileek Grissom, 23, of Beechview.
“I [have to] bury my child. How do you bury your kid? How do you bury a kid? I’m in so much pain you don’t even know,” Grissom’s mother, Troi Baldwin, said.
Pittsburgh Police said the suspect, 24-year-old Lamar Alston, ran from the scene to Main Street, where he attempted to shoot at officers.
“He was able to pull a firearm on the officers and tried to fire it, but apparently the slide was locked back and thankfully it did not fire,” Cmdr. Thomas Stangrecki said.
Alston was then taken into custody.
Family members gathered in the emergency room at UPMC Mercy Hospital where some sort of altercation occurred and resulted in Grissom’s step father, Earl Baldwin, being Tased and temporarily handcuffed.
“I’m tiered of this man. This don’t make [any] sense,” Earl Baldwin said.
Baldwin is a strong advocate for stopping street violence said this loss is horribly ironic because the victim had just attended his first male leadership play Saturday night.
“People looked at us like we were crazy when we walked through their neighborhood with a casket trying to stop this foolishness out here. We’re getting sick and tired of it but now it stepped up on my doorstep,” Baldwin said.
Baldwin is calling on city leaders to step in and take action.
“It’s almost not real. It’s devastating,” Yvonne Morris said.
Family members said Grissom was the father of a little girl.
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