PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – A man charged with shooting three people at the Monroeville Mall has been ordered to stand trial on attempted homicide, aggravated assault and other charges.
A judge made the ruling at a preliminary hearing Wednesday after hearing testimony from a detective and a woman wounded Feb. 7 at the Macy’s in the mall.
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Some of the surveillance video offered at Wednesday’s hearing shows the defendant, Tarod Thornhill, merely walking through Macy’s.
The time stamp is just before 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7.
A few minutes later, Tom and Mary Singleton and their 13-year-old son are heading through Macy’s toward the parking lot.
But seconds later, investigators say Thornhill spotted his intended target, Davon Jones and aimed toward him. The Singletons were just feet away.
The Singletons can be seen falling to the floor; and Thornhill, say investigators, can be seen with the gun firing, then running through Macy’s.
Shooting survivor Mary Singleton came to the hearing to testify about what happened to her and also identified Thornhill as the gunman.
Holding back tears, and often needing time to compose herself, she took the stand. She testified her family was about the leave the store when they came upon a group of people.
“I heard someone say, ‘This ‘n’ word, don’t care.’ Then, there was the gun – pop, pop, then pop, pop, pop,” she testified. “I heard five shots. I was shot in the left arm. My husband was shot in the leg. It severed the femoral artery.”
She testified she does not have full use of her left arm and that her husband is still undergoing therapy. At this point, he still can’t walk on his own. When asked about whether her son was injured, she replied, not physically.
KDKA’s Harold Hayes Reports:
A detective testified Jones, intended target, is still in Forbes Hospital having lost half of his intestines.
Thornhill, at age 17, is charged as an adult and at trial will face charges including attempted homicide, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and firearms violations.
Since the shooting, the mall has since restricted minors from most areas on Friday and Saturday evenings and police have reopened a substation there.
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