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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Police are investigating a fatal shooting on Versailles Avenue in McKeesport.

Travis Rhone, 19, of McKeesport, was found bleeding on the sidewalk in front of a house in the 1400 block of Versailles Avenue at about 1:45 a.m. on Monday.

He was flown to UPMC Presbyterian where he was pronounced dead at 3:27 a.m.

Residents in the neighborhood reported hearing shots ring out in the middle of the night.

Resident Thelma Edwards said the shooting woke her and her husband.

'It was right in front of my house where it happened,' she said. 'He was laying in a big pool of blood. The guy said, ‘Please call the police.`'

Allegheny County and McKeesport police are investigating the shooting. A heavy police presence remained in the area much of Monday.

Resident Vicky Wade, who lives around the corner from the shooting scene, said she counted five shots, then saw the neighborhood fill up with police.

'It was loud,' said Wade, adding that the incident frightened her. 'You get scared. You don`t want to put your head out the window (to see what`s going on) but you want to help.'

Rhone apparently was known to some for being a rapper, going by the name Trigga Trav.

A video for one of his songs on YouTube that talked about violence and shootings had a response message posted by a viewer on Monday that said, 'He was only 19 years old and had his whole life in front of him. Why do all these young man (sic) kill each other?'

Rhone also had a police record.

He was arrested by McKeesport police in July 2010 for carrying a firearm without a license.

In November 2008, Rhone, then 16, spoke to The Daily News while attending the funeral of Kirk Hart, who was shot outside J.J.`s Minimart along Versailles Avenue. Rhone said Hart — who was the same age as Rhone — was one of his best friends.

'He always tried to make people laugh. He was a cool dude,' Rhone had said, adding that it was tough for Hart`s friends to believe he was gone. 'We try not to think about it every day.'

McKeesport police Capt. of Detectives Tim Hanna said Rhone was found on the sidewalk suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.

Hanna said police haven`t identified any suspects or taken anyone into custody.

Allegheny County Homicide police representatives could not be reached for comment.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner`s office said Monday afternoon that results for the autopsy of Rhone were not yet available.

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