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DUQUESNE (KDKA) – It was hard to miss the crime scene on Kennedy Avenue in the City of Duquesne with all the flashing lights.
Inside 1313 Saloon, a man was fighting for his life after a shooting inside the bar. Police said he was badly bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds.
Police were called to the scene around midnight Monday.
“Our officers that arrived this evening found a man shot numerous times lying on the floor in the bar. They immediately began emergency first aid,” said Duquesne Police Chief Thomas Dunlevy. “One of my officers in fact put an emergency tourniquet on this person to attempt to save his life.”
Donnell Demery, 54, was initially in critical condition, but later died at a local hospital. Police said a second person was shot, but took off before police got there.
That person’s condition is unknown.
Chief Dunlevy said his officers are all trained in how to use tourniquets and he’s proud of how his officer reacted in a time of quick-thinking.
“The officer did a phenomenal job of applying the tourniquet, providing emergency first aid for a person that had just been shot. There’s a lot going on at the scene. At least he had the mindset to attempt to save this man’s life,” said Dunlevy.
Police said this bar has a history of gun violence. A neighbor who didn’t want to go on camera said it’s gotten better in the past year.
Mike Manko from the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office says the office has previously met with the owners of the 1313 bar to “express [their] concern about criminal activity in and around that bar.” Manko says they have reached out to the ownership again to schedule another meeting in light of Monday’s shooting.
Police are still looking for a gunman.
Allegheny County Police are also assisting in this investigation.