By Bob Allen

WEST MIFFLIN (KDKA) – Gunshots rang out and shattered a peaceful Easter Sunday celebration in a West Mifflin neighborhood.

Now, police are looking for a gunman who wounded a teenager during an apparent drive-by shooting

Barbara Smith will never forget the sight of her neighbor in the street moments after the shooting on Division Street.

“Beautiful young girl just laying smack in the street, just plowed like nothing on Easter Sunday, just got out of church. It’s hard to believe people are so capable of this,” Smith said.

An ambulance took the 17-year-old victim to the hospital moments after she was shot outside her home. Police did not give a motive, but they said the victim knows the shooter. Smith remembers hearing the unmistakable sound of gunfire as she was cooking Easter dinner.

“I had been having furnace trouble and actually it was shots I hear. It was bang, bang,” Smith said.

A neighbor who did not want to be identified also heard gunshots and when she came outside, she had a close encounter with the gunman as he was driving away.

“When I got out there, he was coming down the street. He put the gun up at me, I hit the ground and I just looked at the vehicle. Then, I ran up the hill to see if everybody was okay,” the neighbor said.

It’s believed the victim was shot in the hip area and her injuries are not considered life threatening. Police are still looking for the suspect.

West Mifflin Police said they are looking for a burgundy vehicle 2002 to 2004 for front-end damage from when it hit a red pickup truck.

Anyone with information is asked to give them a call.


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