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Suspect Sought After Clairton Homes Are Struck By Bullets

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CLAIRTON (KDKA) – Police are investigating after several homes were shot up in Clairton early Friday morning.

According to police, the incident happened in the 100-block of Baker Street around 3:15 a.m.

The incident has left residents there on edge as police try to determine why it happened.

“I just heard shots, and then a few minutes later I heard a bunch of police and I guess SWAT was down here, too, and they were just all over the place,” said Renee Jenkins, of Clairton.

Authorities say more than 40 rounds were fired in all. Remarkably, no one was hurt.

A 5-year-old in one house escaped injury after police say the gunman sprayed it with 10 rounds to settle an alleged family feud.

Investigators say their suspect is the member of one family which has allegedly engaged in gun battles with another family in the past.

But police have asked that his identity be kept confidential while they try to determine his whereabouts.

What is baffling is why the gunman then proceeded to shoot up four other houses including one that was peppered with bullets for no apparent reason.

But folks in the neighborhood say senseless gun play has become commonplace.

“Shots all the time; all you can do is stay out of the way,” Jenkins said. “I don’t even let my kids outside anymore.”

“I don’t know why it always happens up here,” added Rhonda Payne, also of Clairton. “Lot of kids, women and children, you know.”

For the people who live in the neighborhood, the reasons behind this violence seem unimportant. They only know they want it to stop.

“I don’t know anything about that feud, but enough is enough,” said Jenkins. “We’ve lost so many; we don’t need to lose any more so close to the holiday. It doesn’t have to be this way.”

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