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PITTSBURGH, PA (September 13, 2016) – “Details around the incident downtown this afternoon are still being determined. As with the 4th of July shooting and the fights during the Regatta, today’s shooting involved teenagers. A 16-year-old male has been arrested and law enforcement officials are gathering information to see if there is a correlation between these three incidents. In the meantime, we will be increasing both uniformed and plain clothes officer patrols in critical areas downtown during after school hours. In addition, we are working with Port Authority and Pittsburgh Public Schools police to assist us in protecting everyone downtown and lessen the chance of retaliatory action.

I commend the Pittsburgh Police, Port Authority Police and all other law enforcement officials who responded to today’s incident and subsequent investigation in a timely and effective manner.

Nationwide, we are witnessing an escalation of violent crime within younger populations. The best way to deter these actions is to offer young, disenfranchised youth opportunity before they ever find themselves in these type of situations. Police Chief Cameron McLay has already scheduled meetings with our community partners – including Pittsburgh Public Schools, Port Authority, law enforcement partners and the U.S. Attorney’s office – to ensure a collaborative approach to the youth disorder and related violence issues facing the young people of our region.”

Anyone with information related to any of these incidents is encouraged to contact the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.

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