Three Face Trial in Connection With Penny Street Shooting

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Three people are currently being held in Allegheny County Jail on charges that include attempted homicide in connection with a shooting Dec. 17 on Penny Street in the city.

Two of the suspects were ordered held for court this week following a preliminary hearing, while an alleged accomplice faces formal arraignment next week in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court.

Following a preliminary hearing Monday, Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi ordered Aaron W. Smith, 24, of Pittsburgh's West End, and Cortrell L. McKenzie, 24, of Pitcairn, both held for court on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, robbery, conspiracy, carrying a firearm without a license, theft by unlawful taking and reckless endangerment.

Smith is being held in Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $150,000 cash bond, while McKenzie is being held in lieu of $100,000 cash bond, court officials said.

McKeesport police said that at 5:15 p.m. Dec. 17, officers responding to a report of "shots fired" found a 30-year-old man at a residence in the 400 block of Penny Street suffering from gunshot wounds to the back and left arm.

The victim told police he was walking on Penny Street between Walnut Street and Tube Works Alley when two men approached him and ordered him to the ground, at gunpoint.

Police said the suspects took the man's Gucci satchel bag, wallet and a cellular phone, and then shot him in the arm. The victim told police that he got up and began to run, at which time the suspects shot him again, striking him in the back.

A witness observed one of the suspects picking up shell casings following the shooting, according to a police report, while another witness told police that a white sedan fled from the scene.

The victim was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital, Uptown, for treatment.

McKenzie and Smith were arrested April 25 on warrants obtained by McKeesport police, court officials said.

Also charged in connection with the shooting was Whitney A. Tucker, 23, of Butler. Tucker was arrested March 20 and charged by McKeesport police with attempted homicide, robbery, aggravated assault and criminal conspiracy.

On April 16, Tucker waived her right to a preliminary hearing before Riazzi. Tucker is being held in Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond, pending formal arraignment May 31 in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court.

Originally published May 23, 2018.

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