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Victim, 14, was inside apartment; called ‘very lucky’ to escape
A 14-year-old has been charged with aggravated assault after McKeesport police allege he fired multiple shots into a crowd, sending another teen-ager to the hospital with a neck wound that fortunately missed all vital arteries.
Police said the victim was inside his parent’s apartment at the time of the shooting. A parked car also was struck three times, according to a report.
Both the victim and the alleged shooter live in Harrison Village, police said.
The suspect is charged with recklessly endangering other persons, possession of a firearm by a minor, carrying a firearm without a license, criminal mischief and possession of instruments of crime.
He was arrested without incident on Oct. 5, city police said. Tube City Almanac does not identify juveniles charged with a crime unless they have been charged as an adult.
McKeesport police said they were dispatched to the 1200 block of Market Street just after 11:30 p.m. Sept. 16 when a ShotSpotter detected 15 gunshots.
Police arrived at the 7 building of Harrison Village and discovered a 14-year-old boy who was suffering a neck wound, according to a report. The youth was taken to UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in Lawrenceville where doctors told police he had a bullet lodged under his jaw and was “very lucky” that it had missed all vital arteries, police said.
The victim told police he was retrieving a dog toy when he heard gun shots and was hit, according to a report. A witness told police they heard multiple shots, someone yelling, “Let’s go, go, go, go,” and then a vehicle leave.
Police said they obtained surveillance footage that showed two younger males approaching another group of young men standing in front of the 7 building. After several shots were fired, police said, the two young males fled on foot to a car that was waiting for them, according to a report.
The car then drove up 13th Avenue to Walnut Street, police said.
Following further investigation, police said they identified a suspect who lives in another building in the same housing complex.
Eight shell casings were recovered at the scene, police said, including seven from a 9-mm handgun and one from a .45-caliber handgun.
Originally published October 17, 2022.