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Juvenile found dead in Munhall home

Michael DiVittorio
| Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 4:31 a.m.
Police from the Steel Valley area and Allegheny County investigate a fatal shooting along the 1600 block of Martha Street in Munhall Monday night.
MICHAEL DIVITTORIO | DAILY NEWS
Police from the Steel Valley area and Allegheny County investigate a fatal shooting along the 1600 block of Martha Street in Munhall Monday night.
Police from the Steel Valley area and Allegheny County investigate a fatal shooting along the 1600 block of Martha Street in Munhall Monday night.
MICHAEL DIVITTORIO | DAILY NEWS
Police from the Steel Valley area and Allegheny County investigate a fatal shooting along the 1600 block of Martha Street in Munhall Monday night.

A juvenile was killed inside a home in the 1600 block of Martha Street in Munhall on Monday night.

Munhall police Chief Pat Campbell confirmed officers found the boy shot in the chest around 9:30 p.m.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. No further information about the victim was available at presstime.

Police had no suspects or descriptions of suspects as of presstime.

Campbell said officers responded to a call for a suspicious male near a house shortly before 9:30 along the 700 block of Seventeenth Avenue when they were notified of a shots fired call along the 1600 block of Martha Street.

Campbell said officers responded to the scene within seconds because the streets are close.

“They were answering the call right around the corner,” Campbell said. “They ran to the scene on foot.”

Police from West Homestead, Homestead, Whitaker, Allegheny County and an Allegheny County sheriff's deputy also responded.

Homestead police were seen escorting two men, one in handcuffs and one without, into separate vehicles.

Allegheny County detectives questioned someone inside a Whitaker police car.

Campbell said three men and one woman inside the house were detained and questioned but not charged with any crime as of presstime.

Neighbors, who did not wish to be identified, said they heard between eight to 10 gunshots. They reported not hearing any vehicles traveling after the shots, suggesting a shooter likely was on foot.

Campbell said no one reported an altercation prior to the shooting, and declined to comment about any officers responding to the 1600 block of Martha Street within the past few weeks.

“A young man lost his life. That's about it right now,” Campbell said.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting should contact Munhall police at 412-464-7300 or Allegheny County police at 412-473-3000. Callers can remain anonymous.

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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