McKeesport shooting suspect surrenders
Deamonte Shakoor, 20, of McKeesport is charged in the Good Friday killing of city teen Kellcy Thomas.
Shakoor turned himself in at Allegheny County police headquarters on Friday at 2:40 p.m. A warrant listing charges of criminal homicide and firearms not to be carried without a license was issued for his arrest on Wednesday.
“Shakoor is charged with homicide and firearms violations,” Lt. Andrew Schurman confirmed on Friday. “He will be lodged at the Allegheny County Jail to await arraignment on those charges.”
Shakoor's charges stem from the March 29 shooting that left 18-year-old Thomas lying in the 1400 block of Evans Street with fatal wounds to his chest.
“He was just a little boy lying there,” said Evans Street resident Naida McDaniel, who came out of her home and saw Thomas in the street. “He was a teenager, but he was a baby. That's just outrageous. That was so sad. I just started crying.”
Residents gathered along Evans and neighboring streets to watch the investigation and to talk about changing times when violence seems to be more prevalent.
In McKeesport, the city has taken a proactive stance on criminal activity.
In 2012, Mayor Michael Cherepko initiated a Select Committee on Crime and Violence to find regional community solutions to increased crime across the nation. City police have increased their presence with impact details, organized through District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala's Narcotics Enforcement Team, that supplement regular patrols.
McKeesport Capt. of Detectives Tim Hanna said that while no leads were discussed publicly since Thomas' death, authorities have been working diligently to develop a case against Shakoor.
“With these types of investigations, progress isn't always reported immediately,” Hanna said. “Through the efforts of Allegheny County detectives, with assistance from our local department, we were able to get a warrant for Shakoor's arrest and locate him out of state. We made arrangements for him to return to Allegheny County and answer to the charges.”
Hanna thanked Allegheny County police for working toward Shakoor's arrest.
Jennifer R. Vertullo is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1956, or email@example.com.
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