Shooting mars Downtown Pittsburgh holiday celebration
By Bobby Kerlik
Published: Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, 9:50 p.m.
A woman suffered a gunshot wound to the buttocks on Saturday night near Market Square, which was filled with several hundred people as part of a Downtown holiday celebration, police said.
The woman suffered a small bullet wound, police said, but her condition was not otherwise available. She was not identified.
The shooting occurred about 9:20 p.m. on Graeme Street, which connects Market Square with Fifth Avenue, witnesses said. Saturday marked the second day of a celebration that traditionally kicks off the holiday season.
“We heard a loud shot, and someone ran in the gyro shop and said someone just got shot,” said Kyle Sims-Ruhe, 16, of Shaler, who said he was in My Big Fat Greek Gyro on Market Street.
He ran outside and saw a woman on the ground, grabbing her backside and yelling in pain. She was taken by an ambulance for treatment.
He said there were several hundred people in Market Square, and he saw people running and screaming.
Anastasia Russo, 18, of Mt. Lebanon said, “You never expect this to happen Downtown.”
First Holiday Saturday featured concerts in Market Square, free carriage rides Downtown, the third annual Mascot Skate at the Rink at PPG Place and a twilight holiday parade.
Large crowds were reported and some traffic delays, but people were being orderly, police said.
Saturday's events continued activities that began on Friday with Light Up Night.
Last year, police arrested four people for fighting during the festival's two days of activities.
In 2010, one man was shot and fights broke out near the end of the first day of the celebration. Police arrested at least six people.
Bobby Kerlik is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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