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Munhall man arrested in fatal shooting at club

| Monday, March 4, 2013, 4:16 a.m.
Ronald Vezzani Jr./Daily News

A 23-year-old Munhall man has been arrested for a fatal shooting on Sunday at approximately 4 a.m. outside a borough strip club in the 900 block of E. Eighth Avenue.

Paul Barone is charged with homicide in connection with the death of John Sumpter IV, 32, of Pittsburgh.

Sumpter was pronounced dead at 4:04 a.m. in his vehicle at the scene, a spokesman from the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said. He said an autopsy revealed Sumpter died from gunshot to his head and right extremities.

“We had an officer that was conducting surveillance in that area,” Munhall police Chief Pat Campbell said. “From a distance, he saw it happen. He heard shots ring out at 4 a.m. and he called it in.”

He said the officer observed a black Audi containing Barone pull away. The officer alerted marked patrol cars, the chief said.

“They chased the vehicle up Ravine Street,” Campbell said. “It stopped at the end of Ravine Street.”

Campbell said Barone got out and led officers on a foot chase. Police captured him as he was hiding in the woods, the chief added.

“My guys did a fantastic job,” Campbell said. “They happened to be right there.”

He said officers also recovered a gun.

“We pulled some video footage from a neighboring business,” Campbell said. “We have the actor on video firing shots.”

Campbell said police detained two other people in the vehicle with Barone who were taken to Allegheny County Police headquarters to be questioned by homicide detectives. He said he believes they were released.

Campbell said the club was just letting out at the time of the shooting.

“We've had no witnesses come forth, although there were probably about 100 witnesses to this,” he said.

Anyone who has information on the deadly shooting is asked to call Allegheny County Homicide at 412-473-1300 or Munhall police at 412-464-7300.

Sunday's shooting isn't the first incident of gunfire near Club Pink. A man was injured after he was shot on Aug. 12 inside the club.

“We've had a lot of incidents there over a period of time,” Campbell said.

Barone remained in custody at the Allegheny County Jail Sunday evening. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 8.

Stacy Lee is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161 ext. 1970, or Tribune-Review also contributed to this story.

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