PENN HILLS (KDKA) – Allegheny County Police are looking into a deadly shooting in Penn Hills.

It happened around 10 p.m. Thursday night, near the intersection of Leechburg Road and Saltsburg Road.

Police say 31-year-old Jamar Hawkins was driving to work. When someone pulled up next to his car and opened fire.

He was hit in the head and shoulder.

KDKA’s Paul Martino Reports:

Hawkins drove himself to UPMC East Hospital in Monroeville, where he later died.

So far, no arrests have been made.

However, Hawkins’ mother, Wynona Hawkins-Harper, posted on Facebook, writing:

“This is one day that I ask God to take away I got a call at 10:23 p.m. They shot and killed my son Im so heart broke. I love him so much he was my best friend he was my everything that I will miss my poo but you always be in my heart. I left my self up to you Right Now in the name of Jesus for I so need you right now and that is you to help me in Jesus mighty name Amen.”

Hawkins-Harper told KDKA her son died for no reason and that she wants to see the violence stop.

“I want my son to (be) remembered as a wonderful, young, black, African-American male,” she said. “That he came from a family of Hawkins, that we are about something and I instilled that in him.”

Police believe the shooting happened after Hawkins had an argument with a man he knew inside a Giant Eagle.

“My thing is this here — how many more of our black males do we have to lose out here in order for society to look at your kids? They need help man,” Hawkins-Harper said.

Hawkins also leaves behind three daughters, ages 4, 5 and 7.

An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.

No arrests have been made.

Hawkins was also the victim of violence back in 2002 when he survived two gunshot wounds to the head.

KDKA’s Trina Orlando Reports:


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