14-Year-Old Killed in Shooting at Ridge Street Home

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A 14-year-old was shot to death at a home on Ridge Street Tuesday afternoon, Allegheny County police said.

The teen-ager, a student at Founders' Hall Middle School, was identified by the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office as William Chaffin. Chaffin was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, police said.

McKeesport police were dispatched to a home in the 1300 block, just off Versailles Avenue, at 2:35 p.m. when callers reported that a young man had been shot.

County police Sgt. Scott Scherer said in a statement that Chaffin was a visitor to the home where the shooting occurred, and a close friend of the occupants.

All of the parties involved in the incident have been identified, Scherer said, and no charges have yet been filed. However, Scherer said, all of the investigative information will be turned over to Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr., who will decide whether charges are warranted.

Chaffin is the third person to die in a shooting in the city in a week; two people were killed early Thursday morning near Crawford Village. Allegheny County police are investigating, but have not yet made any arrests in connection with those murders.

No other details were released by police. The cause and manner of death are pending an autopsy, the medical examiner's office said.

Originally published April 26, 2017.

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