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Suspect sought in New Kensington shooting

Police seeking info

Anyone with information about Tuesday's shooting in New Kensington is asked to call New Kensington police at 724-339-7533, Westmoreland County detectives at 724-830-3287 or 911.

Thursday, April 10, 2014, 12:41 a.m.

New Kensington police are looking for a white man driving a beat-up blue Honda Accord who they suspect shot a homeless man sleeping in a car early Tuesday.

The shooting victim, who police identified only as a black man formerly of Vandergrift, told police he was sleeping in a car parked behind the Clarion Hotel. Police said the victim was shot twice with a small-caliber firearm about 6 a.m.

Police said the man was in stable condition Wednesday in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.

Detectives said the suspect's car is a two-door model, probably dating from 2003 to 2008, that may have had tinted windows.

The car may have damage to its passenger door, and the driver's airbag may have deployed.

No suspect description was given, other than he was white.

New Kensington Detective Lt. James Klein and Westmoreland County Detective John Clark were able to talk with the victim for the first time late Tuesday. Klein said he was “very cooperative.”

The two investigators drove to a nearby, undisclosed state Wednesday to interview two people who helped the shooting victim soon after the incident. It's unclear if the two witnesses saw the entire incident or if they came upon the victim afterward.

Police said the victim was shot in his abdomen. He then apparently struggled with assailant and was shot in his left elbow.

They took the victim to Allegheny Valley Hospital, Harrison, and then waited until he was flown to Allegheny Hospital, Pittsburgh, detectives said.

According to authorities, the witnesses then drove to their home in another state without talking to police.

Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 or



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