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Police Asking For Community Cooperation After Recent Violence

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A spate of recent violence in Pittsburgh has seen innocent bystanders become victims.

While police work to find the shooters, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl says the shootings are unacceptable.

“At this point we are conferring with the District Attorney’s Office and have identified two individuals of special interest, and by week’s end we should have warrants for their arrest,” said Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper.

That’s the latest on the investigation into the weekend shooting that left 64-year-old Charlene Walters dead. She was not the intended target. She was there to watch her grandson play in a youth football league.

Police have been aided by witnesses and by video from a school building wall nearby.

“The video did capture the individuals entering the bleacher area and starting the fight in the stands,” said Chief Harper. “The video was very helpful.”

It’s not the first case of an innocent victim killed this week. Ne’Ondre Barbour, 16, was killed in Garfield simply because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time in a separate shooting.

Beyond police investigation, there’s a role for the community to play as well.

“I’m scratching head and asking why,” said Mayor Ravenstahl. “We as a community need to step up and understand that when we send our young loved ones onto a football field to play football, we have to be leaders in the crowd. Why anyone would bring a gun to a youth football game is beyond me to begin with.”

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