OLIVER (KDKA) – Allegheny County homicide detectives are looking into the deadly shooting of an 11-year-old boy in Mt. Oliver.
The shooting took place around 8:45 p.m. Sunday at a home in the 400-block of Hays Avenue.
“At this point, we don’t know what the motive is,” said Lt. Andrew Schurman. “We understand there may have been a knock at the door, the shooting occurred inside the residence.”
David McIntyre, 11, was pronounced dead at the scene. Sixteen-year-old Chris Conrad, Jr., called CJ for short, was rushed to UPMC Mercy Hospital in critical condition. Family members said he was alert Monday morning after surgery last night.
Marlo Jones knows the whole family. “They were good boys. CJ works hard doing odd jobs to try and help his mother out. “David was always upbeat, always talking and always smiling,” Jones says.
Family says the boys’ mother and grandfather were also inside the home at the time of the shooting. None of them were hit by the gunfire. A third son was not at home.
So far, no arrests have been made.
“We’re asking anybody that was in the area Sunday night that heard or saw anything suspicious, call the Mt. Oliver Police Department or Allegheny County Police homicide unit at (412)-473-1300,” Schurman said.
McIntyre was a student at Pittsburgh Classical Academy. Conrad attended Pittsburgh Carrick.
The district brought in counselors for the students who wanted it but some close friends say it’s all just too much to process at this age. Alyssa Jones goes to school with CJ. “I think it’s ridiculous that kids can’t walk the street. The fact that we just saw them yesterday playing play station was hard for us,” Jones said.
Pittsburgh Public Schools released the following statement Monday morning:
“Our thoughts are with the family at this time as they deal with this tragedy.
We care a great deal about the health and wellness of all of our students. Our Student Assistance Support team is monitoring the effects of this tragedy at both schools. Counselors are at Pittsburgh Classical Academy to provide support to any student or staff who may need it. A letter is being sent home to families at Pittsburgh Classical today that shares strategies for supporting their children in coping with this loss.”
A GoFundMe page was set up to pay for David’s funeral costs: https://www.gofundme.com/8z83jmuc
The medical examiner’s office has completed the autopsy on David, but is not yet releasing details.