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One Charged in Shooting at O'Neil Blvd. Bar

By Staff Reports
The Tube City Almanac
July 25, 2019
Posted in: Crime and Police News

An argument at an O'Neil Boulevard bar led to a shooting that put one man in the hospital and sent a bullet through the window of the district magistrate's office.

McKeesport police recovered more than two dozen shell casings at the scene of the July 3 incident at the Roo Bar.

Courtney Washington, 25, of Duquesne is charged by McKeesport police with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, unauthorized possession of a firearm, carrying a firearm without a license and criminal mischief in connection with shooting.

Washington was arrested July 7 in Duquesne and is being held in Allegheny County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bond pending a preliminary hearing Aug. 5 before Magisterial District Judge Thomas Miller Jr. in White Oak.

Police were dispatched to a "shots fired" call at 2 p.m. July 3 and arrived to find the glass door of the bar had been shot out.

Upon arrival, officers learned that a male gunshot victim had been taken by private automobile to the emergency room at UPMC McKeesport hospital, according to a police report.

Police said the victim was "very uncooperative" and said he did not want to press charges, and that the victim's girlfriend created a disturbance and had to be escorted from the hospital.

Officers found 25 shell casings in the parking lot, including 17 from a .40-caliber weapon and eight from a .45-caliber weapon, police said.

Three vehicles were struck by gunfire, and the Mon Valley Independent reported that at least one bullet smashed through the window of District Magisterial Judge Eugene Riazzi's office on the opposite side of the parking lot.

Police reviewed surveillance video and investigators believe that the victim and his girflriend were seated in a car in the parking lot arguing with a third person when he produced a handgun and began to shoot at them. The pair fled in the vehicle as the shooter continued to fire at the vehicle, police said.

Police allege that Washington was the shooter in this incident. He was taken into custody at a bar on Duquesne Boulevard.

Court officials said the case was transferred July 12 from Riazzi's office to Miller's office.

Originally published July 25, 2019.

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