2 Injured In Beaver Co. Shooting

CONWAY (KDKA) – Police have one suspect in custody and are looking for a second after two people were injured in a shooting Tuesday afternoon in Beaver County.

The incident happened around 2:30 p.m. inside a home in the 1300 block of Fourth Avenue in Conway.

According to police, one of the victims was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital in critical condition. He was shot in the head.

A second person had a finger injury. It’s unclear if that person was shot. That victim was taken to a local hospital by ambulance and has since been released and was interviewed by police on Tuesday evening.

The suspect that was taken into custody was arrested at the nearby Conrail Yard. Train traffic had to be stopped while police looked for that person.

KDKA’s Amy Wadas Reports:

Conway Borough Police Sgt. Ronald Sperduti told KDKA-TV’s Ralph Iannotti, “On arrival, I found one victim with a gunshot wound to the head. He was LifeFlighted to a hospital in Pittsburgh. Two actors took off, one on foot, one in a car. The one on foot was located in the railroad yards, with a gunshot wound to the hand.”

Police also cordoned off the home where the shooting happened with yellow police tape.

As police and detectives wrapped up their investigation at the home, and a search continued for the second shooting suspect, the Ambridge Area School District cancelled all Tuesday evening activity as a precaution.

Investigators said it didn’t take long to establish a motive.

“It appears to be a lot of drug activity,” Sgt. Sperduti said. “So, it looked like a drug deal robbery.”

Police removed bags of evidence, including several large shopping bags filled with marijuana from the home.

Neighbors say their community is usually a quiet one and this shooting has left them uneasy.

“I was surprised, especially that they had the crime tape and everything out. We never see it. This street’s really quiet, everyone’s either retired or on disability,” said Tammy Neely, a neighbor. “Very quiet, usually there’s nothing that goes on.”

A couple who live nearby were also shocked by the shooting.

“You don’t know who your neighbor is anymore. They are transient, in and out, you don’t know their history,” Elaine Bozza said. “We grew up here in this neighborhood, and it used to be you knew everybody.”

Her husband, Jack Bozza, said, “There was a guy right there down the street who overdosed a couple of months ago. It was like 10 or 11 o’clock one night. The coroner was parked here in the driveway. The guy ended up dying. It’s kind of like, it’s scary more than anything else.”

Multiple police departments were on the scene to assist with the investigation, including Baden, Economy and New Sewickley.

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