MCKEESPORT (KDKA) – A Braddock man has been arrested following a deadly shooting overnight at a nightclub in McKeesport.
Vondre Griffin, 23, of Braddock, was questioned and later charged in connection with the shooting outside the McKeesport Sportsman’s Club early Sunday.
Police say patrons were leaving the after-hours club just off Fifth Avenue when a fight broke out.
“There was some officers in the parking lot encouraging everybody to leave in their cars,” said Lt. Andrew Schurman, of Allegheny County Police. “There was some type of altercation close by and shots rang out, and quick-thinking officers were able to detain two of the people involved.”
Police say 37-year-old Tameko Wall, from McKeesport, died after he was shot around 3 a.m. in the parking lot of a carwash, located next to the nightclub.
A woman returned to the scene of the shooting distraught and in tears. It’s believed she may have been a witness, but she did not want to talk about the shooting or her relationship with the victim.
When the shooting started, authorities say the crowd scattered quickly, but several patrons identified and led police to the suspect.
“Those people should be applauded for what they did, stepping up and helping police identify the people involved,” said Lt. Schurman. “There was a murder a couple a weeks ago in McKeesport, in Renzie Park, which there’s varying accounts of how many people – 50 to 200 – but we did not get the same type of cooperation in that case as we did last night.”
Police say another man was with the suspect. He was taken into custody, but was released due to a lack of evidence.
Last night, several off-duty police officers were working at the door of the nightspot checking for weapons. Investigators say they believe the suspect retrieved a weapon from his car just before the shooting.
In addition to homicide, Griffin is also charged with weapons violations and recklessly endangering others for allegedly firing randomly into a crowd.