One person was killed and another wounded during a shooting Sunday night on Fifth Avenue, Downtown, and Allegheny County police think they may have been victims of retaliation.
Samantha Klavora, 23, died at the hospital of gunshot wounds to the abdomen following the incident between Martin and Center streets, said a spokesperson for the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office. Her death has been ruled a homicide.
The other victim, a 38-year-old man, was wounded and is in critical condition, Allegheny County police said. His name was not released.
Investigators believe he was the intended target and that Klavora was shot because she was standing near him, county police said in a statement.
County police said callers to 9-1-1 reported hearing shots at about 10:20 p.m. McKeesport police responded and found Klavora and the unidentified man suffering from what was described as "multiple" gunshot wounds.
The connection between Klavora and the other victim is not clear at this time, county police said.
Police said they are exploring the possibility that "this shooting may be retaliation for a previous homicide in McKeesport."
Witnesses reported seeing "two or three" dark-skinned males fleeing the area just after the shooting, police said.Anyone who heard or saw anything surrounding the shooting is asked to call McKeesport police at (412) 675-5015 or the Allegheny County Police Homicide Unit at (412) 473-1300. Callers can remain anonymous.
Originally published July 17, 2017.