PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Allegheny Police Homicide Detectives have charged 21-year-old Charlton Mitchell with criminal homicide along with two counts of aggravated assault in connection to a shooting that took place in Swissvale early Saturday morning.
They have also identified the victim as Jorden Lewis.
Mitchell is in custody and awaiting arraignment at Allegheny County Jail.
According to the police, Mitchell and Lewis were inside a home on Ellesmere Avenue.
Mitchell told investigators that he was at the party with his friend. This friend was allegedly held at gunpoint by Lewis.
He drove away, retrieved an AR-15 style rifle, and returned to the party. According to what he told police, he saw Lewis reach towards his waistband. At that time, Mitchell said he fired two to three rounds of shots.
A neighbor, who did not want to be identified, heard the gunfire.
“I heard six gunshots, then I heard people screaming, a girl saying, ‘Please, somebody help, help,'” the neighbor said.
When police and first responders arrived, they discovered Lewis lying on the porch with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
After the detectives initiated an investigation, they learned there were two more additional victims.
A 19-year-old female and a 24-year-old male were struck during the shooting.
These two victims were transported to hospitals.
The female is currently in critical, but stable, condition. The male was treated and released.
This is the second fatal shooting in Swissvale in two weeks, last month the body of a 22-year-old man was found on Woodstock Avenue.
Another neighbor, who also did not want to be identified, says shootings are happening too often in Swissvale.
“It’s scary, I tell you I really wouldn’t live here if I didn’t own my house, I really wouldn’t live here if I didn’t own my house,” the neighbor said.
“It’s terrible, very terrible, I mean they should do something about it. I know it happens everywhere else, but it’s just too much around this area.”