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Allegheny County police are asking for the public's help in solving two shootings in the Turtle Creek valley area, less than an hour apart, on Saturday afternoon.
The motives in the shootings --- in Turtle Creek and then about two miles away in North Braddock --- are not clear, police said. Police did not indicate that the shootings were connected in any way.
The first incident happened at about 3:25 p.m. Saturday in the Penn Plaza shopping mall along Route 130. Turtle Creek police were dispatched in response to 9-1-1 calls about a shooting.
Police found a 17-year-old African-American male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a local area hospital where he was listed in critical condition.
The motive for the shooting is unclear, police said, but it is possible there was an exchange of gunfire.
The second shooting happened at 4:10 p.m. in the 1400 block of Hope Street in North Braddock. Police were again dispatched to a report of multiple shots being fired.
When they arrived, they found a 20-year-old black male suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local area hospital where he was listed in critical condition, but expected to survive his wounds.
Detectives said the initial information indicates the shots were fired from a car; however, no vehicle description is available and the motive is not clear at this time.
Anyone who may have heard or saw anything in either incident is asked to call the Allegheny County Police Homicide Unit at (412) 473-1300, or to contact the county police via Facebook or Twitter. Callers may remain anonymous.
Originally published January 17, 2016.