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Christmas + Guns = Pittsburgh

Christmas Day in Pittsburgh began with three shootings early in the morning that hospitalized three men and ended with a drive-by shotgun blast into a house in Homewood.

Police responded to the 1000 block of Brushton Avenue in Homewood about 10:15 p.m. yesterday after a shotgun blast was fired, police said. Police immediately began searching for the suspects involved who fled in two vehicles. As of 11 p.m., an 18-year-old man and a 28-year-old man were in custody.

It was not immediately known if anyone was injured.

Yesterday's early morning shootings that left three Pittsburgh-area men hospitalized happened within a two-hour period, said Lt. Kevin Kraus of the Pittsburgh Police Department. Each man was in critical condition in UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Oakland as of yesterday afternoon, Kraus said.

Pittsburgh homicide detectives were investigating each shooting, but had not arrested anyone or identified any suspects as of yesterday afternoon, Kraus said.

The first shooting occurred about 12:55 a.m., a police dispatcher said. A man, 19, was at the intersection of North Braddock Avenue and Meade Street when a dark-colored SUV pulled up, an unknown man got out and fired several shots at the victim, striking him in the chest and forearm, Kraus said.

The victim and his friends ran from the scene, Kraus said. The victim first went to West Penn Hospital in Bloomfield, then transferred to UPMC Presbyterian, Kraus said. The shooter fled the scene in the SUV, Kraus said.

About 1:15 a.m., a man, 21, was on the porch of a residence at 7016 Lemington Ave. in Lincoln-Lemington when two unknown men walked onto the porch, Kraus said.

"One male pulled out a gun and fired multiple shots," Kraus said.

The victim was struck in the right hand, the left foot and one of his hips, Kraus said. The suspects fled on foot, Kraus said.

Another shooting occurred some time before 2 a.m. in Sheraden, Kraus said. A man from Sheraden told police at Ohio Valley General Hospital in McKees Rocks that he had been shot at 3000 Merwyn Ave. in Sheraden, Kraus said.

The man checked himself into the hospital, Kraus said. He had suffered from a gunshot wound to the right side of his neck, Kraus said.

Yesterday's shootings were among several in the city this week. A Knoxville man was shot to death Wednesday morning in a Bausmann Street home. On Tuesday, three non-fatal shootings occurred including two in Beltzhoover and one in Knoxville.


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