Suspect named in NYE party shooting in McKeesport
A suspected shooter who injured four people when he allegedly crashed a New Year's Eve party in McKeesport has been identified.
Allegheny County police issued a warrant for Julian Sims, 20, on charges of criminal attempt homicide, four counts of aggravated assault, four counts of recklessly endangering others and firearms violations.
Sims is a light-skinned black male with freckles and a neck tattoo that reads, “Bridgette.” He is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs approximately 145 pounds.
Police said Sims is known to frequent Duquesne, Braddock and Wilkinsburg,
Sims is “considered armed and extremely dangerous,” county police warned in a press release.
Sims was one of three uninvited men whom the host reportedly asked to leave the party at 1506 Versailles Ave.
“A brief altercation ensued and one of the unknown males (identified as Sims) pulled a firearm and began shooting,” county police reported late Tuesday afternoon.
At 3:12 a.m. Tuesday, an officer on routine patrol approached a group of people in the roadway in the 1500 block of Versailles Avenue.
Chief Bryan J. Washowich said the officer was approached by a man who had been shot in the abdomen, who immediately was transported to UPMC McKeesport.
He remained in critical condition at presstime,
Three victims were transported later with wounds to their legs.
“This appears to have stemmed from a house party where the suspects were not welcome,” Washowich said Tuesday morning.
McKeesport's early morning shooting is the first of 2013 — something Mayor Michael Cherepko said came as a shock, because the city's police presence was nearly doubled to deter crime overnight on the holiday. The mayor said Tuesday's incident should draw more awareness to McKeesport's effort to reduce violence.
“While most people are celebrating the New Year and looking forward to a brighter 2013, the last thing you want is a phone call at 3 in the morning that we have four people shot at a party,” Cherepko said. “It's so unbelievably disheartening, but as community leaders we cannot get discouraged. We have to continue to work in every way possible to solve this problem.”
In 2012, Cherepko introduced the Mayor's Select Committee on Crime and Violence with the intent to stop those problems at their source with initiatives directed toward education, recreation and the city's socio-economic climate.
“We are looking for long-term solutions for the youth in our city to curb this addiction to crime and violence,” the mayor said. “We need to change the mentality that allows violence to be a way of solving problems.”
The city announced a quarterly message campaign, which will be presented to council Wednesday evening, to promote the concepts of respect, dignity, hope and love.
“We are trying to give our youth as many positive life experiences as possible,” Cherepko said. “We are encouraging interaction with people who can serve as mentors and encourage children and teens to make good choices.”
Jennifer R. Vertullo is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1956, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- LaRosa Boys & Girls Club of McKeesport remembers war dead
- West Mifflin Area moves to issue iPad minis to sixth-graders
- Truck smashes into house, driver arrested in Elizabeth Township
- Blessing ceremony prays for McKeesport, summertime safety
- East Allegheny needs to avoid pitfalls
- Dravosburg’s website takes second place in contest among Pennsylvania boroughs
- Liberty condemns 3 properties