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3 wanted for shooting, robbery attempt in Clairton

| Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, 5:01 a.m.
Parrish Linnen
Traevon Carr
Eric Slagle | Daily News
Blood stains the front porch of a Wylie Avenue home where a man and woman were gunned down Thursday morning.

Two Clairton men, one of them acquitted by a jury last year for a 2007 murder, are being sought in connection with a double shooting Thursday.

Parrish Linnen, 22, and Traevon Carr, 17, are wanted for attacking a 42-year-old man and 30-year-old woman as they were returning home from an early morning trip to an ATM.

The woman was hit in the chest and the man hit in the face, Allegheny County police said.

Police did not identify a third suspect they believe to be involved.

Last September, a jury found Linnen not guilty of the November 2007 shooting death of Jody Burdette during a robbery at the Uni-Mart along Miller Avenue in Clairton.

It was a controversial outcome because Linnen's confession, recorded when he was 16, was not admitted at trial.

County police Lt. Andrew Schurman said the victims in Thursday's incident walked to a nearby ATM at about 2 a.m. to withdraw a government assistance payment that is disbursed on the first of each month.

While they were at the machine, they observed three males, who followed them. When the couple reached their Wylie Avenue residence, the men demanded the money. When the couple resisted, all three men began firing on them, wounding the victims several times, Schurman said.

He said they were hospitalized but are expected to survive.

Bloodstains remained all over the couple's front porch hours later.

Ann Stewart, who lives across the street from the crime scene, said she was awakened by the sound of five or six gunshots.

“It's terrible,” Stewart said. “This street is usually quiet. It's scary.”

Schurman said the house had several bullet holes from a previous incident, which police believe is not related to Thursday's shootings.

“We believe this is a straight-up robbery,” Schurman said.

Robbery was the suspected motive in the homicide for which Linnen was acquitted last year.

Burdette, 38, was shot twice on Nov. 13, 2007, as she was walking home from the Uni-Mart.

Linnen confessed to the crime, and the gun that police believe was used in the shooting was found in Linnen's relative's home, but the confession was thrown out of court in May 2011 on constitutional grounds.

Linnen and Carr will be charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, firearms violations, robbery and conspiracy.

Linnen is described as black, 6 feet 4 inches tall and about 180 pounds. He has a medium complexion and usually has facial hair. He is known to use the last name Hampton.

Carr is described as black, 5 feet 9 inches tall and about 140 pounds. His complexion is described as light. He is being charged as an adult.

Detectives are working to identify the third suspect.

Anyone sighting either suspect should call 911 immediately. Anyone with information concerning their whereabouts is asked to call the homicide unit at 412-473-1300. Callers can remain anonymous.

Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161 ext. 1966, or