Answers still sought in fatal shooting outside Homewood Art House

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Minutes after the shooting German posted on Facebook, “there has just been a shooting. 10 shots. A man has been shot and killed in front of our beautiful ARThouse in front of our street. His body is there and I feel totally crazy. I don’t know what to do. please pray for us.”

Among the numerous responses, Christiane Leech posted, “& that was some Mother’s child. Sadness makes me speechless…”

On May 13, just days after the incident, German posted a message of thanks on her page and said that the Art House will reopen with limited activity outside and that the kids were going to continue their art by painting part of the sidewalk gold.

When asked his thoughts about the incident, District 24 State Rep. Ed Gainey said, “We are going to have to do something; there’s too many shootings taking place in Homewood-Brushton.” He added that it’s going to take the community looking out for each other, as well as the police, public officials and community working together, and having a conversation about where the guns are really coming from and how to track them. He also said, that with all the incidents in the area, the Pittsburgh Zone 5 police station needs to be more properly manned. “If Zone 5 has the most issues, then Zone 5 needs the most number of officers.”

Like Gainey, Community Empowerment Association founder Rashad Byrdsong said it’s going to take a collaborative effort to address the violence. He said there’s a total disrespect for lives in the community and that the stakeholders of the community need to get together to plan out and develop goals to address the systematic issues that go along with the violence.

Authorities are looking for a light-colored Camaro that was seen leaving the scene.

Another newspaper reported that Jackson had an extensive criminal history.

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