Police Say Suspect Still Has Not SurrenderedBy Amy Wadas

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EDGEWOOD BOROUGH (KDKA) — Police have identified the suspect wanted in the shooting inside the Wendy’s in Edgewood Towne Centre that sent a man to the hospital in critical condition.

In the criminal complaint, the suspect told police he shot the victim inside the fast food restaurant in self-defense and says video surveillance from the restaurant will prove that.

Police say they’ve been communicating with Ronald Burton, the man accused of shooting 27-year-old Andre Johnson Jr. inside the Wendy’s on Monday night.

However, Burton hasn’t turned himself in.

KDKA’s Julie Grant Reports:

Burton allegedly told police over the phone: “Look, I was defending myself. Watch the video. I’ll just tell you what happened.”

In the video, police say they can see Burton, who was working in the restaurant, walk towards a table. They say Johnson walked up behind him.

Police said the video shows both men reach toward their waistbands, and that’s when Burton allegedly pulled out a gun and shot Johnson.

Burton told police Johnson had a gun and was going to shoot him, so he shot Johnson in the stomach and took off.

He said he threw the gun into a wooded area near the Triangle Sub Shop in Swissvale. He said he tossed some clothing there as well. Detectives checked the area but didn’t find anything.

KDKA’s Meghan Schiller Reports:

The victim remains at UPMC Mercy Hospital in critical condition.

Burton faces multiple charges including persons not to possess a firearm, carrying a firearm without a license and tampering with evidence.

If you have any information on his whereabouts, you’re being asked to call Allegheny County Police.

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