EAST HILLS (KDKA) – City homicide detectives are investigating after a young mother was found fatally shot in a home in the East Hills Monday afternoon.
According to police, her body was found in a home in the 2200-block of Wilner Drive. Police were first called there just before 1 p.m.READ MORE: Crews Battle Overnight Fire At Indiana County Elementary School
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the victim as 28-year-old Marqua Wilson.
“Upon arrival, officers did discover a female in her late-20s was deceased inside of the residence,” said Pittsburgh Police assistant public information officer Emily Schaffer.
Wilson had been shot, reportedly in the head, and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics at 1:17 p.m. She was the mother of six children.
Neighbors and family members gathered outside the home, visibly shaken, Monday evening as police continued to investigate. It’s believed shots were fired during a domestic dispute.
Police say a man was spotted by some neighbors running away from the scene.
“Right now, we are speaking with potential witnesses to see if we can put together a possible description of the suspect who was seen leaving the scene,” said Schaffer.READ MORE: Retired Ohio Sheriff And Tiny K-9 Partner Die On Same Day
Pittsburgh Police later identified a person of interest they were looking to question as 20-year-old Markese Reese of Verona.
A relative says the person of interest may have been the victim’s boyfriend and the father of two of her six children. Police aren’t saying if any of the victim’s children were inside the apartment when their mother was shot and killed.
“We do know, at least at one time, he was in a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship with the victim,” said Pittsburgh Police spokesperson Sonya Toler.
Police continue to search for Reese.
Officers converged on an area near the Siesta Motel in North Versailles on Monday evening for the investigation, but they left a short time later. Earlier, they thought they had a possible suspect cornered at a home in Penn Hills, but there was no one inside.
“We searched two locations,” said Toler. “One in North Versailles and another in Penn Hills for the suspect, and we have not had any success in locating him. He is aware that police are wanting to speak with him. Hopefully, he’ll turn himself in so we can have a conversation with him about what happened.”
No weapon was found at the scene in the East Hills, and so far, there’s also no word on a motive.MORE NEWS: Pittsburgh Public Schools Announces 'Summer B.O.O.S.T.' Program To Address Pandemic Learning Gap