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Shooting disrupts Monessen's McKee Avenue

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Friday, March 29, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Katrina Dellolio watched astonished as two black males fired shots at each other in the 200 block of McKee Ave., shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday.

A Monessen police officer at the scene declined comment.

Dellolio said the first shots were fired right in front of her 213 McKee Ave. home.

A black male driving a two-door blue car drove up McKee Ave., telling a second unidentified black male that he intended to shoot him.

The two men exchanged shots. Dellolio estimated that the man in the car alone fired an entire clip from a small handgun.

The intended target fled on foot, running onto a porch of a vacant house at 200 McKee Ave. before fleeing up the hill behind the house.

The other shooter drove off, she said.

Dellolio said there are families with young children in the neighborhood who are often on the street. It was fortunate that no one was struck by a stray bullet, she said.

A city police officer answering the 911 call retrieved two bullet casings from the stone steps leading up to the residence at 200 McKee Ave.

“It's kind of scary,” said Dellolio, who has lived in the neighborhood for three years.

“This is my first time seeing anything like this. This neighborhood is pretty quiet.”

Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or

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