MCKEESPORT (KDKA) — Police are looking for suspects after two young men were shot Tuesday evening and found lying in front yards in McKeesport, on what’s been dubbed as “National Night Out.”
According to emergency dispatchers, the incident was first reported around 7:30 p.m. in the 1100-block of Hartman Street.
But officers remained on the scene at the intersection of Hartman and Washington Streets well into the evening hours investigating and combing the scene. A three-block area was taped off by police, who recovered about 18 shell casings.
As McKeesport Police collected spent shell casings from the street, neighbor Candice Graham looked on, shaking her head.
“I’m concerned because this neighborhood is quiet usually,” she said after the shooting.
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The two victims, ages 17 and 20, were found shot on Hartman Street, not far from McKeesport High School and Founders Middle School.
One victim was shot in the foot. The other was shot in the arm and bottom.
Ironically, police, the mayor and other local leaders were nearby when the shooting occurred because it was “National Night Out Night,” which has been designated for years as an event to improve community-police relations.
At the same time, it’s a night that’s supposed to let neighbors get better acquainted with their neighbors and make communities safer.
McKeesport double shootings, ironically, occurred on “National Night Out Night;” aim is to make neighborhoods safer. pic.twitter.com/Vs5nabokpm
— Ralph Iannotti (@IannottiRalph) August 2, 2017
Graham told KDKA-TV’s Ralph Iannotti, “I’ve been here for the past nine years, and I haven’t had a problem. I’m really concerned because I have kids and I don’t want to live here.”
It’s not clear if the victims were in a car, or walking when they were wounded. Police believe one of the victims may have exchanged gunfire with the suspect.
Police found one victim lying on the front lawn of a Hartman Street home. The other was found two doors down, wounded on a second neighbor’s lawn.
“It’s sickening to know that you’re right in front of a foster care home, there’s a school nearby. It’s just terrible, it’s so close to home, it’s getting old,” Hartman Street resident Amanda Dixon said.
The victims were transported to a Pittsburgh hospital. Both are expected to survive their injuries.
Police have not named any suspects in the case. They believe the victims are associates.