NORTH BRADDOCK (KDKA) -– Four men have been arrested following a day of multiple shootings in the Mon Valley.
Police are not yet releasing the names of the men arrested in Wednesday’s shooting spree, but they did say all of them are 18 or older. But they’re still trying to sort out whose fingers were on the triggers.
KDKA’s Mary Robb Jackson Reports:
The four suspects are charged with drug and firearms violations, as well as conspiracy.
None of the five victims sustained life-threatening injuries.
“We believe this is directly related to an earlier shooting in Rankin,” said Lt. Andrew Schurman, on Wednesday in North Braddock.
Gunfire was first heard in Rankin on Pattison Avenue mid-morning Wednesday, one man was wounded.
The second incident occurred in North Braddock in the mid-afternoon. Two gunmen got out of a car on Hickory Street spraying bullets and hitting four men standing on a porch. At least 18 shell casings were recovered.
Finally, back in Rankin that same evening, near Hawkins Village at Kenmawr and Fifth Avenues, shots were fired from one car at another.
Housing Authority Police detain the suspects who are arrested by Rankin officers.
Barbara Runion who lives on Pattison Avenue says her Rankin neighborhood is usually the kind where people sit out on porches talking into the night. That, any trouble, like yesterday comes from the public housing above.
“Things started up there in the projects,” she said. “They ran down the hill to get away.”
KDKA’s Brenda Waters Reports:
But Michael Penn, who has worked with teens for 23 years, says recent funding cuts in neighborhood youth programs come with a heavy price.
“The same two neighborhoods that are shooting at each other, we had them playing basketball and eating hamburgers together,” said Penn. “You keep cutting funding to these programs; it’s going to be in your neighborhood shortly, coming to you.”
People we spoke with all have a very high opinion of Rankin Police Chief Ryan Wooten and his officers…
Allegheny County Police are handling the shooting in North Braddock.
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