Sharp rise in East/Mon Valley shootings, killings

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 One day before, 16-year-old Delasia Dutrieuille was apparently attempting to sell a gun in Rankin’s Hawkins Village housing complex when Londell Jones, also 16, allegedly stole it from her then shot her with it.

Laurence Short, 29, and Tyrone Coleman, 18, were allegedly shot in Duquesne May 6, again in broad daylight at about 5:30 p.m., by 26-year-old Michael Robinson.  Coleman was apparently collateral damage in what police said was “an ongoing rivalry between family and associates” of Robinson and Short.

Coleman had been working at a pillow factory and planning to attend CCAC. He was a star athlete at West Mifflin High School, and by all accounts not involved in street life.

While some of these were clearly crimes of opportunity or personal, some like Haas’ death, are clearly related to gang activity. Of course the most shocking and brazen of these was the East Hills daylight picnic shooting that claimed the life of 1-year-old Marcus White on May 21.
Despite pleas from the family and community leaders, no one has yet come forward with information on the three men who opened fire on the crowd that day

With the seeming increase in daylight shootings, added to the fact that Brock was still driving Proviano’s car when arrested, and 20-year-old Christian Riley was in a stolen Cadillac with a stolen gun when arrested for his part in the Clairton shootout, are these killers getting bolder, more indifferent, reckless or just dumber?

Reverend Sheldon Stoudemire, who takes his anti-drug, anti-violence message to the streets of Clairton, Duquesne and McKeesport daily, said a lot of these young people just don’t care.

“They just don’t care. They think they are invincible,” he said. “I remember Tim Brock when I was teaching at Auberle. I never had a problem with him, but he wanted to be known as bad. He used to make up stories about killing people when he was 12 to try to show people how hard he was. Now look at him.”

Emails and calls to police for updates were not returned by New Pittsburgh Courier deadline.

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