County Police Seek Suspects, Motive in 7th Ward Shooting

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Allegheny County police have released few details in connection with a shooting Thursday night in the city's Seventh Ward that left a teen-ager hospitalized in critical condition.

In a prepared statement, county police Lt. Kenneth Ruckel said 9-1-1 emergency dispatchers received "multiple calls" just before 7 p.m. Thursday reporting that shots were being fired in the 1300 block of Hamilton Street, and that a young man was injured.

McKeesport police and paramedics responded and discovered the victim, a 15-year-old, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds on Dinsmore Street near Pirl Street.

The victim, whose name was not released, was taken to an unidentified trauma center, county police said.

County homicide detectives responded to the scene and determined the victim was with several other teen-agers when an unknown person began shooting at them, Ruckel said.

Only the victim was struck by the gunfire and no one else was injured, Ruckel said. The motive for the shooting is unknown and no suspects have been identified, he said.

Anyone with information concerning the incident is asked to call the Allegheny County Police Tipline at 1-833-ALL-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous. County police also can be reached via Facebook and Twitter.

Originally published April 19, 2019.

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