E. Pittsburgh violent weekend causes concern

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STATE REP. ED GAINEY

It was a violent couple of days for East Pittsburgh residents, especially in Homewood, Larimer and Lincoln-Lemington areas, with gun-fire running rampant through the streets resulting in one homicide and four shootings with five people injured.

It began Aug. 15, when Anthony Grant Wilson, 24, was fatally shot multiple times while visiting a home at 529 Lowell St., in Larimer. He was shot when an unknown male opened the door and fired multiple shots.

Then on Aug. 17, a woman was shot twice on Monticello Street in Homewood, and two were shot during a drive-by in the 7300 block of Susquehanna Street. There were also shots fired at Mellon Park in the evening; no one was injured.

Then in the early hours of Aug. 19, two men were injured, one in the foot, the other in the leg, when shots rang out on Apple Street of the Lincoln-Lemington section.

All of the victims’ conditions are stable.

While it is unknown if the incidents are connected, some residents are worried that the shootings are in retaliation for something.  

On Aug. 2 Augustus McClain, 36, whose last address has been reported to be in Lincoln-Lemington, was shot and killed on North Murtland Street, in Homewood, while driving a Ford Escape.

Zone 5 Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Commander Timothy O’Conner said he could not confirm whether the incidents are connected, but said they are under investigation.

With little information to go on, O’Conner is asking for members of the community who may have information to come forward.  He added that there are extra officers on saturation detail to try and curb the violence.

State Rep. Ed Gainey of the 24th legislative district, who resides only doors away from where the shooting took place on Apple Street, said the shooting has had a tremendous affect on him.

“Two of my neighbors have bullet holes in their cars,” he said. “There hasn’t been a shooting on our street in 15 to 20 years. It is not a violent street.”

Gainey said he plans to meet with community leaders, O’Conner and acting Pittsburgh Police Chief Regina McDonald, who was invited, later this week to get more information on the incidents and to see what can be done.

“I think its time for the community to come together. I am going to have a conversation with (O’Conner), find out what age group we’re dealing with and try to offer alternatives to these kids (committing these shootings),” said Gainey.

He also said there will be a public safety meeting on Monday, Aug. 26 at the Paulson Recreation Center, where community residents will have the opportunity to voice their concerns.

 

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