Victim Reportedly Shot In The MouthBy David Highfield

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Police say a 72-year-old woman was shot late Tuesday evening in Sheraden.

The gunfire was first reported just after 9:45 p.m. in the 1100 block of Faulkner Street at Universal Street.

Police say the woman was near a group of people when a car pulled up and someone inside began firing shots.

Neighbors say people in the group nearby began firing back. They believe the victim was caught in the crossfire.

According to investigators, the woman was struck once in the face near her mouth. She was conscious and breathing at the scene. Paramedics took her to Allegheny General Hospital where she is said to be recovering.

Neighbors say the 72-year-old woman had just gotten home from work in a red van, which was parked in front of her home.  She was sitting behind the steering wheel when she was shot.

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A neighbor who knows the victim told KDKA’s David Highfield that she is a “churchgoing woman.”

At least 16 evidence markers were set up at the scene. Police were also looking at whether any houses were hit in the gunfire.

“I was sitting on the couch and I heard the shooting and then I looked. I saw one guy run across this way and I dived onto the couch,” Esther Albright said.

She said her husband had just gotten home.

“He was coming into the driveway and the shooting happened right in front of our house. He came in already and the shooting started and then he said something told him to stay in the car and not to get out,” Albright said.

Police have not released any information on a suspect or suspects.

Nearby, police were also investigating the reported robbery of a pizza delivery driver.

Earlier, in another separate incident, police took one person into custody near Sheraden Park after reports of gunfire.

Authorities have not said if the three incidents are related in any way.

Stay with KDKA for the latest on this developing story.

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