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Three Charged in Harrison Village Shooting Incident

By Staff Reports
The Tube City Almanac
June 04, 2019
Posted in: Crime and Police News

(UPDATED after publication.)

Two people, including a 17-year-old, face charges after police say they opened fire on one another following a fight at the Harrison Village housing complex on Monday afternoon.

A third woman who is accused of giving a handgun to one of the shooters also faces charges, and Allegheny County police are looking for a fourth person who fled the scene.

A 22-year-old man whose name was not released was hospitalized with a leg wound, police said.

The shooting came 24 hours after Ciquann Dudley Jr., 17, of McKeesport was found shot dead in the 1300 block of Tube Works Alley, about two blocks away.

Police said Monday's incident at 1:06 p.m. endangered the lives of many innocent bystanders, including children, and that multiple shell casings were left at the scene.

In a prepared statement, Allegheny County police Sgt. Venerando Costa said Monday's incident began outside Building A of Harrison Village when the unidentified victim and James Scott, 17, of McKeesport, got into a fight.

Police allege that during the argument, Scott pulled out a handgun and shot the victim.

At that point, Costa said, police believe two of the victim's acquaintances shot at Scott as he fled into an apartment.

The incident was captured on surveillance video, county police said.

The victim was taken to the hospital by private vehicle and was reportedly in stable condition, Costa said.

One of the shooters was identified by county police as Tyron Bynum, 22, of McKeesport. He is charged with reckless endangerment, carrying a firearm without a license, criminal conspiracy, unauthorized possession of a firearm and discharging a firearm into an occupied structure.

Also arrested by Allegheny County police was Ricki A. Sallis, 21, of McKeesport. Police allege that Sallis was shown on video approaching Bynum and handing him the handgun. She was charged with criminal conspiracy and tampering with evidence.

Bynum and Sallis are being held in the Allegheny County Jail in lieu of bond pending a preliminary hearing June 17 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi.

Scott has been charged by county police with aggravated assault, receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, unauthorized possession of a firearm and reckless endangerment.

Scott is currently free on $10,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing June 12 before Allegheny County Judge Kim Berkeley Clark. He has been charged as an adult, Costa said.

County police have not yet identified the fourth person, who was described as a heavy-set black male driving a white Hyundai Elantra.

Police did not say whether Monday's shooting had anything to do with the death of Dudley on Sunday, or was merely a coincidence.

County police are still seeking witnesses and a motive to Dudley's death. McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko could not be reached for comment and city police Chief Adam Alfer declined comment, referring questions to the county.

Homicide detectives are asking anyone with information about either incident to call (833) ALL-TIPS (255-8477). Callers may remain anonymous.

County police also may be reached via Twitter and Facebook.

Originally published June 04, 2019.

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