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Teen shot in McKeesport; weapon found

Cindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News - Police were called to the area of Jenny Lind and Duquesne streets in McKeesport on Wednesday after a 17-year-old male was wounded in the leg. The shooter escaped but police recovered a weapon on Eaton Street.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Cindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News</em></div>Police were called to the area of Jenny Lind and Duquesne streets in McKeesport on Wednesday after a 17-year-old male was wounded in the leg. The shooter escaped but police recovered a weapon on Eaton Street.
Cindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News - Police search for evidence near the scene of shooting Wednesday that sent a 17-year-old male to the hospital with leg wounds.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Cindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News</em></div>Police search for evidence near the scene of shooting Wednesday that sent a 17-year-old male to the hospital with leg wounds.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014, 4:56 a.m.
 

A 17-year-old male was shot in the leg on Wednesday afternoon in McKeesport.

Police said the shooting occurred in the area of Jenny Lind and Duquesne streets about 3:15 p.m.

The shooter escaped but police recovered a weapon nearby on Eaton Street.

McKeesport police Assistant Chief Tom Greene said the victim appeared to have been wounded twice in the leg. Greene said the juvenile was alert and conscious at the scene but uncooperative with police.

Residents of the neighborhood said they heard what sounded like an exchange of gunfire.

“It was like six (shots), then there was four after that,” said Brian Benjamin, who was indoors when the shooting occurred.

A first responder at the scene said the victim was taken to Children's Hospital of UPMC.

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

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