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3 men sought for shooting in Monessen

| Monday, July 8, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Police are seeking three Pittsburgh men after a Monessen man was shot and critically injured at a city residence late Saturday night over a drug-related issue.

Brian Simpson, 41, of 948 Athalia Ave., Monessen, remained in critical condition Sunday at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Simpson was shot multiple times in the chest 11:16 p.m. Saturday in the kitchen at 637 Summit Ave., Monessen.

The house is rented by Lee Hall, 64, and is a location associated with suspected drug activity, according to Chief John Mandarino.

Mandarino said the suspects are three unidentified black males from the Homewood section of Pittsburgh. Police were only able to obtain nicknames of two suspects: “Diesel” and “Tall Boy.” The latter also goes by “T,” according to Mandarino, who said all are believed to be gang members.

The alleged shooters had supposedly arrived in a light green Ford Explorer, Mandarino said. At least one and possibly two of them shot Simpson before leaving.

Seven people were inside the home at the time of the shooting, including three women, Mandarino said. The other four witnesses had fled before police arrived.

Simpson was conscious and able to speak when police arrived despite bleeding profusely, Mandarino said.

Mandarino said he enlisted several outside law enforcement agencies in the hopes of capturing the three suspects, including the State Police narcotics unit and three Pittsburgh-based agencies.

Anyone with information is urged to call Monessen police at 724-684-4620. Mandarino said all callers will remain anonymous.

Rick Bruni Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at rbruni@tribweb.com or 724-684-2635.

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