WASHINGTON (KDKA) — Police have identified the victim of a Washington County shooting that happened near two churches just as Ash Wednesday services were getting underway.
It happened around 7 p.m. near the First Lutheran Church on West Walnut Street.
“A lot of vehicle traffic and foot traffic in that immediate area when the shots were fired,” said Washington Police Detective Lt. Dan Stanek.
The spray of gunfire erupted in the parking lot directly across from the church.
“Two guys just got out the car and they [saw] this guy on the street, and I guess he just got shot,” said Jordan Nixon, a witness.
Daniel Jordan, 32, was hit and began running across Walnut and up North Franklin Street as gunshots continued. He collapsed.
Police say he suffered multiple gunshots to the torso.
“It wasn’t just like some random stray bullet. He was the intended target,” said Lt. Stanek.
“I was getting away. I didn’t want to get killed,” said Nixon
Taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Jordan, who is originally from Pittsburgh’s North Side, has a long history with Washington Police.
“Multiple street crimes,” said Lt. Stanek. “He has a couple robbery arrests in his background. He has some thefts, a lot of retail thefts.
By daylight, detectives were back at the scene and able to spot a bullet hole in the church marquee that passed through the Plexiglas and into the “A” in “Lutheran.”
They’re hoping that Jordan is willing to point at who shot him.
“We haven’t been able to get over to Pittsburgh yet; he’s on a ventilator, to talk to him,” Lt. Stanek said.