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A Wilmerding teen-ager died, and another youth is in critical condition, following a shooting outside of a North Versailles Twp. attraction on Saturday night.
Steven Eason, 15, was pronounced dead at a hospital emergency room at 8:49 p.m., the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office said. His assailant is still at large, Allegheny County police said.
Few details were available, but witnesses said the shooting happened just after 8 p.m. near the ticket booth at Haunted Hills Hayride on Route 48. They described the aftermath as chaotic.
County police said a suspect described as a black male between the ages of 15 and 17 approached two other teen-agers, including Eason, and opened fire.
The suspect, wearing dark clothing and a carrying a black back pack, then fled.
The other victim, also age 15, is in critical condition at a hospital, police said.
According to its social media page, Haunted Hills Hayride had just opened for its 22nd season a few minutes before the shooting. The Halloween-themed attraction includes a hayride and a walking trail and benefits the Autism Society of Pittsburgh.
County police homicide detectives are investigating. Anyone with information about the case is being asked to call the Allegheny County police tip line at 1-833-ALL-TIPS (1-833-255-8477). Callers may remain anonymous.
Originally published September 12, 2021.