HOMESTEAD (KDKA) — Police are looking for suspects after a man and pregnant woman were shot Wednesday afternoon after stopping at a gas station in Homestead.
The gunfire rang out just before 4:30 p.m. at a gas station near the intersection of E. 17th Avenue and West Street. Investigators found at least 25 shell casings.
Witnesses said they heard as many as 15-20 shots.
A man, who lives along the street where it happened, says he was home with his 4-year-old daughter when they both heard the shots.
“I saw an active police scene on 17th and West that was taped off, and then I made a left down 17th and I saw the ambulances there and it looked like they had one person in the ambulance,” said Pastor Keith Cuffold, a neighbor.
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The car carrying the victims ended up on E. 17th Avenue, where a crossing guard and neighbors rushed to help the victims until first responders could get to the scene.
“Just got home from work, wasn’t 15 minutes, and then all of a sudden I had come outside and I looked and I seen the car over there and the guy was running around,” said Elaine Gasch, a witness. “He was in such a panic, he didn’t even realize he was shot. He was so worried about, all I heard him saying was, ‘My baby’s shot. Someone shot my baby.’ And I thought, ‘Oh my God, was that a child,’ and I looked and I seen that the girl was pregnant.”
The victims, both 23, were conscious and alert when they were taken from the scene to the hospital. Both suffered single gunshot wounds and are expected to survive.
Police closed down the street where the car ended up while they investigated.
A white Hyundai sedan with dark-tinted windows was spotted leaving the scene after the incident. It was reportedly headed towards The Waterfront.
“At least Two people firing at the car on foot, and they fled down Pink Alley where we think they got into a white car and fled the area,” said Lt. Andrew Schurman, of Allegheny County Police.
One witness said gunfire has become too common in the neighborhood.
“It’s common but not accepted,” the pastor said. “A lot of the neighbors that I speak to and myself who live in this community, it’s not acceptable but we understand that it comes with the territory of living here.”
There’s no word yet on what prompted the shooting.
The investigation continues.
Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact Homestead Police or the Allegheny County Police Homicide Unit at 412-473-1300.
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