Woman Mistaken For Burglar Critically Injured In Turtle Creek Shooting

TURTLE CREEK (KDKA) – A woman was critically injured when she was shot after being mistaken for a burglar in Turtle Creek Friday morning.

According to police, the incident happened in the 200 block of Brown Avenue around 3 a.m.

A 23-year-old woman was shot in the chest as she was walking up the stairs. Three men live in the home and the woman is believed to be in a relationship with one of them.

Allegheny County Police say the victim was in the house and had gone downstairs to get a comforter. When she came back up the stairs, she was mistaken for a burglar and shot.

“There’s three males that live here together – they’re roommates. There was a female that came up the steps, apparently a girlfriend of one of the males, she took a gunshot to the chest and it was one of the males inside that were involved and we think it’s possibly an accidental shooting at this time,” Turtle Creek Police Chief Dale Kraee said.

The woman was taken to Forbes Hospital and was last listed in critical condition. She is expected to survive.

At this point, it is unclear which of the men pulled the trigger. After calling 911, all three stayed at the scene until police arrived.

All three were detained for questioning, but have since been released.

At this time police won’t be filing any charges, but will be consulting with the Allegheny County’s District Attorney’s office about it.

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