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Suspect faces formal arraignment in Oct. 25 incident
A McKeesport woman and her two children escaped serious injury after a teen-ager shot at their car on Market Street, city police said.
The suspect, Michael Singleton, 18, of McKeesport, thought he was shooting at one of his rivals, according to a police report.
Singleton is suspected of being in a street gang, police said. He is being held in the Allegheny County Jail without bond pending formal arraignment Jan. 8 in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court.
According to a report, the victim stopped for a stop sign at the intersection of Market Street and 13th Avenue at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 25 when she heard gun shots, and the back window of her car shattered.
Police said shots also struck the front window, next to the victim’s 3-year-old son, who was buckled into a child safety seat, as well as the back door, near the victim’s 15-year-old daughter, who was sitting in the rear seat.
The victim told police she fled the scene and called 9-1-1 after stopping to make sure that her children were safe.
Police said broken glass covered the smaller child’s safety seat and described the shooting as a “heinous act of violence.”
Officers recovered five spent shell casings near Building 1 at the Harrison Village housing complex and also reviewed surveillance camera footage.
Police said the video shows a young man whom they identified as Singleton taking aim at the victim’s vehicle and firing several shots.
The victim had purchased the car two weeks earlier from a man who is a rival of Singleton’s, said police, who allege that Singleton intended to murder the vehicle’s previous owner.
Singleton was arrested Oct. 31 and charged by McKeesport police with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering other persons, carrying a firearm without a license, possession of an instrument of crime and criminal mischief.
Charges were waived to court during a preliminary hearing Nov. 16 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi.
Originally published November 20, 2020.