EAST CARNEGIE (KDKA) – A man in East Carnegie was shot and killed Sunday afternoon, but police made an arrest within minutes and the search was caught on surveillance cameras.
Lamar Alston, 24, was captured on surveillance video running through a lot at Exterior Products of Pittsburgh on East Main Street.
He ran right past the owner, who was busy power-washing the wall and it was seconds later that police arrived and began the frantic search.
The owner said Alston used a fire exit to get past police. He ran right past their cars and down the street.
However, it wasn’t long before a K-9 Unit picked up his scent and officers spotted him trying to get away.
What the surveillance cameras did not capture was the K-9 running down East Main Street. Witnesses saw the dog latch on to Alston and the arrest was then made.
While the arrest was being made, the victim’s family was at UPMC Mercy Hospital learning that their son had died from the gunshot wound to the chest.
He has been identified as Mileek Grissom, 23, of Beechview.
“I got a pain that won’t go away. Please, I urge you to put the guns down,” Grissom’s mother, Troi Baldwin, said.
The shooting happened just after 3 p.m. Sunday in the 600-block of Noblestown Road.
According to police, Alston shot at Grissom and another man. While he was fleeing, he also attempted to shoot at police.
“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 is facing several charges including criminal homicide, aggravated assault and flight to avoid apprehension, trial or punishment.