PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Police are investigating after the passenger in a vehicle was injured by flying glass during reports of possible gunfire in Pittsburgh’s Hazelwood section early this morning.
Police say the injured man and a coworker were on their way to work when what they thought was gunfire, shattered the vehicle’s passenger-side window.
Police say the pair had just crossed the Glenwood Bridge and were traveling down Second Avenue near Renova Street around 6 a.m. The passenger was resting his arm on the door.
Around the same time, 911 calls were coming in for reports of hearing shots fired.
“Apparently, he said he saw or heard what appeared to be gunshots, what he thinks are gunshots and his passenger window exploded inward and he was injured,” said Sgt. James Vogel, of the Pittsburgh Police. “Looks like it’s random, if anything else, and we have officers working on that as we speak right now.”
The driver took his friend to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital where police took the report.
The man’s arm was swollen and bleeding. Police say that doctors removed shards of glass from the victims arm and that some unknown fragment was embedded deeper in his arm.
“We take all these calls extremely serious. And we are going to do the best we can to determine if this is an intentional act and hold all those accountable,” said Sgt. Vogel. “The gravity of this situation is pretty serious.”
As of this morning, the man was in stable condition.
Police are continuing the investigation and ask if anyone has any information about a shooting in Hazelwood to please call police.