Initial Call To Police Indicated Shooter Was At Sewickley AcademyBy Amy Wadas

EDGEWORTH (KDKA) – A construction foreman is in custody after allegedly firing shots at another worker Friday morning.

According to Edgeworth Police, the initial call came in saying there was someone shooting at vehicles in a parking lot at Sewickley Academy.

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Police arrived at the scene just after 6:45 a.m. and determined the shooter was a mile away from the school in a parking lot along Ohio River Boulevard. Sewickley Academy construction crews use the lot near the intersection of Edgeworth Lane and Route 65 for their personal vehicles.

According to police, there was a heated exchange inside a white van between a foreman, identified as 37-year-old Alan L. Smith Jr. of Oakdale, and another worker. Police say Smith was sitting in the driver’s seat of the vehicle with six other passengers.

At one point, Smith reportedly pulled out a gun and fired a shot inside the van. The bullet went through the window and struck the van’s mirror.

Smith allegedly fired a second shot that struck another vehicle with one person inside.

“He was irritated at his workers for adjusting a rear view mirror. He took out a gun, threatened him and then he shot the mirror out and from what we know right now, shot at another vehicle with somebody sitting in it,” Edgeworth Police Chief John English said.

Police say the passenger-side mirror was hit three times and a bullet ricocheted off a red vehicle. Fortunately, no one got hit. Police say Smith fired shots from a fully loaded .40-caliber semi-automatic with a bayonet on it. He also had an unloaded .22 revolver.

After the shots were fired, police say Smith drove the passengers in the van to the school, but came back to the lot and sat both weapons on the ground and waited for police to arrive.

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Sewickley Academy released a statement saying the suspect works for Mosites Construction Company.

The company did a background investigation and records showed a clean file.

Police say Smith is the foreman for an HVAC contractor and was hired by the Sewickley Academy to do work on the school’s events center.

Police say he had the semi-automatic gun on him when he was on school grounds.

Smith is in custody and was questioned Friday morning. He didn’t have anything to say when he was escorted out of Allegheny County Police Headquarters in handcuffs. He was taken to the Allegheny County Jail.

He is being charged with one count of aggravated assault, six counts of recklessly endangering another person, two counts of criminal mischief, one count of possession of weapon on school property, and one count of possessing instruments of crime.

No one was injured.

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