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Pittsburgh : 2 people are dead, 8 others shot and injured at a house party

BySkintu

Apr 18, 2022

A shooting at a Pittsburgh house party attended by as many as 200 people — many of them underage — left two minors dead and eight others shot and injured early Sunday.

At least one of the gunshot victims was as young as 14 years old, Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott E. Schubert said during a press conference Sunday afternoon.

Schubert didn’t disclose the identities of the two deceased juveniles.

Authorities said the shooting occurred around midnight at an Airbnb rental property on Suismon Street at Madison Avenue in the city’s East Allegheny neighborhood. Because of the number of people there, the scene was chaotic, Schubert repeatedly emphasized.

“The vast majority [at that party] were juveniles” he said.

Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey said in a statement that the city is using “all available resources” to find the people responsible for Sunday’s shooting.

So far, no one has been arrested in connection with the shooting, but police are calling on attendees of the party to provide photos and videos to help in the investigation.

“It is our top priority to find out who did this and get them off the street,” Schubert said.

Investigators were still processing the scene as of Sunday afternoon. The crime scene is “very complex and very chaotic,” Schubert said.

A lone sneaker lies near a short-term rental property where police say a shooting took place in Pittsburgh early Sunday morning, April 17, 2022.
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Calls to police reported multiple shots fired. . .

When emergency crews responded shortly after 12:30 a.m., they were greeted by scores of people running out of the house and some trying to flee in cars. Police said some people suffered broken bones and cuts as they jumped from the house’s windows to get to safety.

Schubert applauded police and other emergency personnel for arriving on scene and taking control of the situation.

Shooting comes after recent spate of violence
The shooting in Pittsburgh comes after a violent few weeks in the city.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sunday’s shooting was the fourth in less than 30 hours within city limits. It was also the worst mass shooting in Pittsburgh since the 2018 Tree of Life synagogue massacre.

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Gainey said in his statement Sunday that the city has been working for several weeks on a new approach to address gun violence. After this weekend’s tragedy, he said he will call a meeting with public safety officials and community leaders to go over a new plan.

“It is critical that we come together now to help reduce the violence currently happening while we begin to do the long-term work of ending the culture of violence that is enabling the senseless loss of life we are experiencing today,” he said. “We must say no more and never again.”

Airbnb reacts
Airbnb told NPR it reached out to the Pittsburgh Police Department and the mayor’s office to assist in the investigation.

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