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Police: One Dead in Friday Shooting

City man held on homicide charge after shotgun blast

By Staff Reports
The Tube City Almanac
July 06, 2024
Posted in: Crime and Police News

A day at the park turned tragic for a McKeesport man on Friday afternoon, who died after being struck by a shotgun blast inside an acquaintance’s home on Garbett Street.

David Gamble, 39, was pronounced dead at the scene, the medical examiner’s office said.

Isaiah Bridges, 30, has been charged by county police with criminal homicide in connection with the shooting and is awaiting arraignment, court officials said.

According to an affidavit filed in Allegheny County night court, Bridges told police that he and Gamble had taken a group of children to a nearby park on Friday afternoon and returned to the Garbett Street residence afterward.

The house is being leased by Bridges, according to the affidavit.

Bridges told police that inside the home, he gave the children — ages 4 to 8 — popsicles in the living room, and then entered the dining room. There, Bridges told police, he had stored a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun and he found Gamble “checking it out.”

According to the affidavit, Bridges told investigators he was attempting to engage the shotgun’s safety mechanism when the gun went off and a shot struck Gamble.

The affidavit states that Bridges told police he dropped the shotgun, in a panic, and “it went off again.”

Bridges rushed the children across the street to a neighbor’s house to call 9-1-1, police said.

According to the affidavit, Bridges denied working the action on the shotgun to chamber a second round after the first round went off, and told police it must have malfunctioned.

Gamble was pronounced dead at the scene by the Allegheny County medical examiner’s office. Police described his injury as a gunshot wound to the right chest and shoulder.

County homicide detectives are investigating. Anyone with information concerning the incident is asked to call the county police Tip Line at 1-833-ALL-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous.

Originally published July 06, 2024.

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