Community In Shock After Basketball Court Shooting
EAST LIBERTY (KDKA) — A community is concerned for its well-being after some young men were shot while playing basketball in East Liberty.
Some kids who were playing basketball on Saturday spoke with KDKA’s Amy Wadas. They said there was supposed to be a basketball tournament at the court today, but it got cancelled after the shooting happened.
Patricia Durham is scared to death for her 4-year-old grandson Tyson. She said Tyson plays at the playground nearby, at the corner of Broad and North St. Clair streets.
She said he left the park with his mother about 10 minutes before the chaos. Other kids were still there when the shooting happened.
“Life’s very short. That would have really devastated me if something happened to him,” Durham said.
At least two young men were shot around 8:20 p.m. Friday during a basketball game.
Police believe the boys were shooting at each other on the court. Police found one victim lying on the court. The other victim was found in a nearby apartment. A third shooting victim may have gotten into a car and driven away from the scene.
Rodney Johnson heard the commotion at his house nearby.
“A couple little shots. Everyone ran off. It ain’t getting good. I don’t like what’s going on with the violence,” Johnson said.
Johnson often takes his 4-year-old son to the basketball court.
“That’s why I try to keep him indoors after the sun goes down and all of that,” he said. “I don’t need any of that to happen.”
“It’s a good, quiet, clean neighborhood. There’s too many seniors here, too many kids,” Durham said.
Police said they recovered about half-a-dozen shell casings.
“Something has to be done. If they have to tear it down, whatever, I’m going to be on the case about getting it done,” Durham said.
Pittsburgh Police say the two shooting victims are in stable condition at UPMC Presbyterian. No arrests have been made and no weapons have been recovered.
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