WILKINSBURG (KDKA) – One person has been arrested in connection with a burglary and shooting that left two people dead in Wilkinsburg early Sunday morning.
According to police, the incident happened in the 500-block of Princeton Boulevard around 5 a.m.
Officers were called to the scene around 2 p.m. for a possible burglary in progress. When they arrived, they found two people had been shot to death in a second-floor bedroom.
The victims have been identified as 24-year-old Da’Shawna Gibson and 23-year-old Michael Black. During their investigation, police identified the suspect as Joshua Wright, 23, from Stanton Heights.
“Through the course of the investigation, we developed Joshua Wright as a suspect. He was affiliated with the young lady who was killed in the residence. So, we think that’s part of our motive, the jealousy that he had that she had a new boyfriend,” Lt. Andrew Schurman said.
A witness was in the apartment but left the scene after the shooting. She later came forward and told police that Wright broke into the apartment, stepped over her while she was asleep on the floor and shot the victims while they were asleep.
Wright was arrested shortly after 2 a.m. on Monday at his mother’s home in Plum Borough. He is currently being lodged in the Allegheny County Jail and is facing two counts of homicide and burglary.
Police say Wright had a 3-year-old son with Gibson. She and her new boyfriend, Black, were asleep in bed when they were shot.
“She just wanted him out of her life,” Gibson’s cousin said. “She just wanted to forget everything that had to do with him.”
Gibson’s family says the relationship with Wright hadn’t been good for some time.
“He was telling me, ‘Yeah, you better watch the news because that gang-banging-slaying’ – however they say it – and next thing you know, my niece is dead,” Gibson’s aunt said.
Now her 3-year-old son is left without his mother.
“Yesterday, he was asking his grandma where’s his mom and I don’t think she really can tell him,” Gibson’s aunt said.