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By Stacy Lee
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, 3:46 a.m.
 

A McKeesport man accused of fatally shooting another city resident is in Allegheny County Jail without bail.

Dashawn Reid, 19, was arrested Friday and arraigned Saturday on one count of homicide.

“We were working on information received,” Allegheny County Homicide Lt. Andrew Schurman said. “We found him at an address in Castle Shannon, where he was taken into custody without incident.”

Reid allegedly shot Jesse Thornton, 23, on Dec. 6 at approximately 11:06 p.m. in Building 733 of McKeesport's Hi View Gardens apartment complex.

“We know there was a physical altercation in a hallway,” Schurman said.

According to the criminal report, four spent 9 millimeter casings and two spent projectiles were recovered from the scene.

Police suspect that when an argument between Thornton and another person escalated into a physical struggle, Reid opened the door of an apartment and shot Thornton in the back multiple times. Court documents indicate that Reid and the person with whom Thornton was arguing went back into the apartment and closed the door, but then fled the building shortly after.

A witness picked Reid from a photo array provided by police.

Thornton died on Dec. 11 at UPMC Presbyterian from multiple gunshot wounds to the torso.

Allegheny County police issued an arrest warrant on Dec. 12.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday at 8:30 a.m. in Pittsburgh Municipal Court.

Stacy Lee is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1970, or slee@tribweb.com.

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