And the beat goes on. Rapidly approaching one of the most important elections in the country’s history, the street violence against Black males continues. Four of the six victims in October were young Black males ranging from ages 17 to 29, bringing the total to 66 of 83. Even though Pittsburgh numbers are nowhere close to other major urban cities, every life counts. Hopefully, whoever wins the presidential election will make curtailing the number of Black dead bodies a priority.
October Homicides (6)
Oct. 3—Ronald Carter, a 29-year-old Black male, was found by police on the sidewalk in the 1300 block of Maple Avenue in McKeesport shot multiple times. Police have charged Derrick “Snowmann” Means with homicide. He was arrested Oct. 12 and awaits trial in the Allegheny County Jail.
Oct. 7—Michael West, a 27-year-old Black male, was discovered mortally wounded by police responding to reports of shots fired in the 400 block of South Avenue in Wilkinsburg. He died about an hour later at the hospital. Investigators said a thin Black man wearing dark clothing was seen fleeing from the area, police said. The investigation is ongoing.
Oct. 21—Jabree Hines, an 18-year-old Black male, was found shot multiple times in a vacant lot in the 400 block of Russellwood Street in Stowe Township. Police have not yet identified a suspect in the case. The investigation is ongoing.
Oct. 21—John Davern, a 19-year-old Black male from Beltzhoover, was found shot multiple times in a vacant lot in the 7100 Block of Upland Street in Homewood. Police have not yet identified a suspect. The investigation is ongoing.
Oct. 27—Michael Mongeluzzo, a 27-year-old White male, was shot multiple times as he and his girlfriend drove along Pressley Street on Pittsburgh’s North Side. He pulled into the Giant Eagle parking lot on Cedar Avenue and died after medics transported him to Allegheny General Hospital. The investigation is ongoing.
Oct. 29—Thomas Watt, a 28-year-old White male, was shot twice in the head while walking with his girlfriend in the 1300 block of Woodland Avenue on Pittsburgh’s North Side. She was also wounded in the attack. Police stopped a vehicle matching the description of the one used by the shooter near the intersection of East and Venture streets and took 34-year-old Abdul Rasheed into custody. He was charged with homicide and aggravated assault, and is in the Allegheny County Jail.