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Man shot days after Clairton community marches for peace

| Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 2:41 a.m.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News
Allegheny County and Clairton police cavass the scene of a shooting along Miles Avenue in the Century Town Homes complex on Tuesday afternoon.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News
A forensic investigator walks away from the scene of a shooting along Miles Avenue in Clairton on Tuesday afternoon.
Jennifer R. Vertullo | Daily News
Allegheny County police Assistant Superintendent James Morton, second from left, talks with Clairton and county police on the scene of a shooting on Tuesday afternoon.

Despite a weekend March Against Murder officials hoped would help promote peace and unity within the city, another man was shot Tuesday in Clairton.

Officers responded to the scene shortly before 1 p.m. along Miles Avenue. Police said the victim was transported via medical helicopter to an area trauma center.

Allegheny County Police assistant superintendent James Morton said the victim was in serious condition from a single gunshot wound.

“The victim went up to 3505 Miles Ave., went to the door, went inside and there was some type of altercation with the female,” Morton said. “He exited the residence. As far as we know at this time, he was outside still yelling at the people inside, and (someone) came and shot him one time and fled the scene. We're trying to identify the actor.

“We're questioning a number of people that were in the residence and of course a bunch of the neighbors,” he said. “He was in the residence arguing with somebody, and another concerned party shot him. Somebody has to know who (that person) was.”

No further information about the victim or any suspect was available at presstime.

Clairton, Allegheny County, Glassport and Jefferson Hills police responded.

Neighbors, who did not want to be identified, called the shooting an unfortunate situation.

“We're out of here. We got little ones,” a woman said.

Clairton hosted a March Against Murder along Miller Avenue Saturday afternoon. More than 100 people came out in an effort to promote peace and unity and an end to bloodshed.

Mayor Rich Lattanzi said he was disappointed to hear about Tuesday's shooting.

“We as a city seemed poised to move ahead, and once again we have some people who just don't get it,” Lattanzi said. “To try and take someone's life is unjustified and senseless. By percentages, these people represent a small group, but on one hand they make such a negative impact on our town. They just don't get it.”

Anyone with information about the shooting should contact Allegheny County police at 412-473-3000 or Clairton police at 412-233-6213.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.

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