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Saturday, May 3, 2014, 12:26 a.m.
 

Allegheny County homicide officials said the fatal shooting of a Munhall teen may be the result of retaliation stemming from a Homestead incident.

Officers found 17-year-old Trijuan Williams dead inside a home in the 1600 block of Martha Street in Munhall on April 21.

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. Allegheny County police responded and took over the investigation.

County homicide Lt. Andrew Schurman said up to three shooters fired into the house, striking Trijuan. No other injuries were reported.

Neighbors reported hearing between eight to 10 gunshots, and did not hear any vehicles traveling after the shots, suggesting a shooter likely was on foot.

People inside the Martha Street home were questioned; no charges were filed and police still have no suspects.

Schurman said a shooting incident in Homestead earlier that day may have been the catalyst to the Munhall murder.

“There are two groups of individuals who have been at odds for whatever reason,” Schurman said. “Both shootings, we believe, are connected with that.”

Homestead police Chief Jeff DeSimone said officers responded to a call for shots fired near the intersection of Mifflin Street and Rose Way nearly an hour prior to the Munhall shooting.

Homestead police have no suspects in that incident.

“We have some information, but nothing concrete,” DeSimone said. “Nobody was hit and we don't know what they were shooting at.”

He echoed Schurman's thoughts about the investigation.

“We know for a fact there are groups of people who are shooting at each other,” DeSimone said. “It's nothing different than what we've been dealing with. I can't speak for the Martha Street incident, but I can only guess that these are all somehow connected, in one way or another.”

DeSimone called the shooters “coward punk thugs,” and, “If they want to shoot so much, why don't they go into the military?”

Anyone with information regarding the incidents should contact Homestead police at 412-461-7736, Munhall police at 412-464-7300, or Allegheny County police at 412-473-3000.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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