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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The juvenile who ran from the car with Antwon Rose prior to Rose’s fatal shooting in East Pittsburgh last week has now been charged in connection with a drive-by shooting.
On Wednesday, Zaijuan Hester, 17, he was charged with criminal attempted homicide, aggravated assault, receiving stolen property and firearms violations.
According to the criminal complaint, officers were called to the intersection of Jones and Baldridge avenues around 8:30 p.m. on June 19, for a reported shooting.
When they arrived, they found a 22-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen. The victim was taken to Forbes Hospital, where he was treated and released.
Police recovered nine spent .40-caliber shell casings and four spent .45-caliber shell casings at the scene. A description of the vehicle was obtained and broadcasted to officers in the area.
- Read The Entire Michael Rosfeld Criminal Complaint Here
- Read The Entire Zaijuan Hester Criminal Complaint Here
Officer Michael Rosfeld stopped the vehicle and ultimately shot and killed Rose as he tried to flee. Rosfeld has since been charged with criminal homicide.
A review of the surveillance footage of the drive-by incident shows the rear passenger window go down and a gun emerge. At that time, several shots were fired by the backseat passenger. The front passenger window remained closed.
Raw Video: North Braddock Drive-By Shooting:
Video also shows the victim and another black male in a red shirt standing on Jones Avenue. After shots are fired from the vehicle, the male in the red shirt returns fire and strikes the vehicle with multiple rounds.
Through the course of their investigation, the driver of the vehicle was determined to be a jitney driver. The driver told police he had encountered two males, Hester and Rose, at Hawkins Village who asked for a ride to Grandview Avenue in East Pittsburgh.
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The driver stated they knew the two individuals from previous jitney rides. During the ride, they stopped on Third Street in North Braddock, where the rear passenger got out, entered a home and came back out.
As they got to the intersection of Jones and Baldridge avenues, the driver said the rear passenger asked, “Is that him?”
The driver then stated the rear passenger fired several shots at a person standing on the street. The driver also said he never saw either of the two passengers possessing a gun, but the shots, “definitely came from the rear passenger.”
Police then showed the driver a photo lineup, where they positively identified Hester as the person in the back seat of the vehicle.
Police recovered a Glock 22 .40-caliber pistol, which was later determined to be the one used in the drive-by shooting. The gun had previously been reported stolen from Lower Burrell. The gun had an extended magazine with 18 live rounds remaining.
Police also found a 9mm Glock 26 under the front passenger seat. The gun was loaded with a 17-round capacity magazine. It was determined that there were 16 rounds in the magazine and the chamber was empty. The weapon was reported lost on June 19, 2018, in Monroeville.
After Rose was shot, he was taken to McKeesport Hospital, where he later died. Among the items in his possession was an empty 9mm Glock magazine, which fit the gun found under the front seat of the jitney.
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