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Two Dead in Overnight Shooting; Motive, Suspects Unclear

By Staff Reports
The Tube City Almanac
April 20, 2017
Posted in: Crime and Police News

UPDATED with identity of the second victim, cause of death of the first victim.

Two people are dead following a shooting early Thursday morning near the Crawford Village housing complex in the city.

The victims are Raffel Greene, 49, of Clairton, and Jessica Taylor, 32, of Finleyville, Washington County, according to the Allegheny County police and the medical examiner's office.

Neither victim is a resident of Crawford Village, a police spokesman said in a statement, and it's still unclear what they were doing in the area.

County police said McKeesport officers were dispatched just after midnight to Building 39 after callers to 9-1-1 reported hearing shots fired.

When police and paramedics arrived at 12:23 a.m., they found Greene lying in Grandview Avenue in front of Building 39, and Taylor seated in a car in a nearby parking lot.

Both were suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and were pronounced dead at the scene, the police spokesman said. Greene's death has been ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner's office, which said he died of a gunshot wound to the neck.

The Allegheny County police homicide unit is investigating and the spokesman said it appears that both victims were sitting in the car when they were shot. Police believe that Greene fled the vehicle but collapsed in the street. Taylor never left the car, police said.

Anyone who heard or saw anything in the area of Building 39 is asked to call McKeesport police at (412) 675-5050 or Allegheny County police at (412) 473-1300.

Callers can remain anonymous. Allegheny County police said they also may be contacted via Facebook or Twitter.

Originally published April 20, 2017.

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