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New Kensington police investigate shooting of 18-year-old

| Monday, May 6, 2013, 7:32 p.m.
Jason Bridge | Valley News Dispatch
New Kensington police Sgt. Sam Long, left, and Arnold police Sgt. Mike Ondo survey the scene of an apparent drive-by shooting in the 1200 block of Kenneth Avenue in New Kensington on Monday afternoon, May 6, 2013.
Jason Bridge | Valley News Dispatch
New Kensington police Officer Robert Laporte, left, and Sgt. Sam Long survey the scene of a shooting in the 1200 block of Kenneth Avenue in New Kensington on Monday afternoon, May 6, 2013.
Jason Bridge | Valley News Dispatch
New Kensington police secure the scene of a shooting in the 1200 block of Kenneth Avenue in New Kensington on Monday afternoon, May 6, 2013.

A New Kensington woman said she dove for cover on her front porch on Monday afternoon when shots rang out just across the intersection from her home.

Jordan Johnson, 18, of the city's Parnassus neighborhood, was shot at least once, possibly twice, shortly after 5 p.m. in an apparent drive-by at Kenneth Avenue and Catalpa Street, police Sgt. Dino DiGiacobbe said.

Police were only a block away and arrived within a minute, he said.

Detective DiGiacobbe said Johnson was conscious and talking when taken by ambulance to a helicopter, which flew him to a Pittsburgh hospital.

He was in surgery late Monday night and expected to survive, DiGiacobbe said.

Rosa Wilson, 43, said she was sitting on her porch, playing a game on her cell phone, when she heard someone say, “There he goes right there,” followed by three shots.

“I went down,” she said. “It sounded close. I didn't know who was shooting, or what was going on.”

Police did not immediately know the motive for the shooting, and no arrests had been made as of late Monday night.

DiGiacobbe said only a few witnesses were willing to come forward.

“There were people out,” he said. “We believe there are people that did witness this, and we'd like them to come forward.”

Two light-colored cars may have been involved, both seen heading south on Kenneth Avenue afterward.

Wilson said she could not describe the car, because that's not what she was focusing on.

“I was too scared to go across the street to help,” she said. “He was asking me for help.”

Wilson said she knows many of the children in the neighborhood, including the victim.

It's not the first shooting she's experienced near her home — she said someone had been shot by her back gate about a week after she moved in in 2005.

“It's breaking my heart, it really is,” she said. “I know a lot of these kids. They're friends with my kids. It's heartbreaking. He's young.”

A city firetruck washed the blood off the sidewalk.

Minutes later, a young girl rode by the wet street on her bicycle.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4701 or brittmeyer@tribweb.com.

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