WESTMORELAND COUNTY, Pa. (KDKA) – A man who police had been searching for since April after the Monroeville Mall shooting was arrested in Westmoreland County on drug charges.
It was 750 stamp bags of heroin that ultimately landed Brandon Murphy, 24, of McKeesport in jail.
State police received a tip and arrested him in a North Huntingdon Township Walmart parking lot when the heroin fell from his lap onto the passenger side floor of the car he was in.
Murphy was the sixth suspect Monroeville Police were looking for in connection with a shooting that took place outside Monroeville mall in April.
Authorities said two rival gangs from McKeesport began fighting at the mall. The brawl eventually spilled outside, where one person pulled out a gun and 14 shots were fired.
The mall was placed on lockdown and later evacuated. Bullet holes were found in a Macy’s backstage store entrance door and shell casings were outside.
In surveillance images, you can see Murphy in yellow, fighting with one of the men involved.
Police said Murphy is not responsible for firing any shots, but police are charging him with riot, simple assault and disorderly conduct.
Monroeville Police said they anticipate additional arrests in this case.