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AVALON (KDKA) – An alleged dispute over beer led to the fatal shooting of a man in Avalon Tuesday night. Now, two men are facing charges.
According to police, the shooting happened just before 8 p.m. near the intersection of South Starr and West Avenues, near the border of Bellevue.
Officers found the 35-year-old victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to Allegheny General Hospital, where he later died. He has since been identified as Emannuel Boneza.
“He just had his hands up and he just fell down in the middle of the street, blocking traffic. He just kept saying, ‘I’m dying,’ out loud. That’s all he kept saying,” Gerald Cathie said.
Early Wednesday morning, police said that two suspects were being charged. Musa Muya, 20, was identified as the alleged shooter. He’s being charged with criminal homicide and a weapons violation.
The second suspect is 20-year-old Salim Salim. He’s charged with tampering with evidence and a weapons violation.
During questioning, Salim said he, Muya and the victim went to a ravine near the intersection of Oak and South Starr avenues. He stated Muya brought a gun and all three took turns firing the weapon throughout the afternoon.
A search of Salim’s phone uncovered videos of all three firing the weapon.
Boneza left at one point to go buy beer for the group because Salim and Muya were too young. When Boneza returned, Muya allegedly became upset that he had purchased the “wrong beer.”
Boneza fired the weapon two more times before asking Muya to reload it. Muya allegedly reloaded the weapon and proceeded to shoot Boneza four times.
Police described the weapon as being a Ruger SR22.
Police found the two suspects walking in the area of the shooting. The gun was found behind a rock in the ravine.
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