RANKIN (KDKA) — One person is dead in a shooting in Rankin along Gas Street.
Allegheny County Police say a shooting at 9 p.m. Saturday night at the intersection of Gas Street and North Shore Alley left one dead.
When they arrived on the scene, 21-year-old Emery Heard-Ellis was found on the road with a gunshot wound to his upper torso.
They say their investigation revealed that the Heard-Ellis and a second man were sitting in a Jeep Grand Cherokee when they opened fire on people sitting on a porch.
Someone on the porch returned fire. Police say it’s possible a second person also shot back.
Heard-Ellis and the other man inside the Jeep got out, and police say a “gun battle” ensued.
“I thought it was on the other side of the ball field, but I quickly found out it was out here somewhere,” nearby neighbor and Rankin Councilman William Pfoff said of the shootout.
Police have charged Marcus Carter in relation to the incident. He’s facing multiple charges, including aggravated assault and criminal conspiracy.
Allegheny County Police say Carter was the second person in the Jeep when the fatal shooting occurred.
“I don’t how what the answer is. I don’t know how you control this. I don’t know. I don’t know if anybody knows the answer,” Pfoff said outside his house.
According to court papers, Carter told police that someone he knows as “Vinny” asked him to fight a person he claims beat up his mother. As Vinny drove them over to the house, someone started shooting at them and they returned fire.
“It’s a little unsettling, especially in a quiet area of town like this,” Pfoff said.
Cater is currently in the Allegheny County jail.
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