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One dead, three hurt in shooting outside Homewood bar

| Sunday, July 15, 2012, 12:56 p.m.
Police are seeking the public's help in identifying this man, who accompanied shooting victim Antwon Underwood to a Homewood bar early Sunday. Police said the man tried to help Underwood after he was shot. The man later was seen running after another man in the 7200 block of Kelly Street and shooting at him, police said. Provided by Pittsburgh Police

An unidentified gunman killed a Pittsburgh man and wounded three other people early Sunday when a fight erupted as patrons left a Homewood bar, police said.

Antwon Underwood, 27, died at the scene from gunshots to the head, chest and arms, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said.

Police said two other men, ages 33 and 32, and a 26-year-old woman were wounded. The three left before police arrived and were later treated in local hospitals. Their identities and conditions were not released.

Police said a fight started about 2 a.m. after patrons left Earl the Pearl Tavern on Kelly Street. An unidentified man opened fire with a handgun before fleeing, police said.

Detectives released bar surveillance photos of a man who accompanied Underwood to the bar and tried to help him after he was shot. The man later was seen chasing another man in the 7200 block of Kelly Street and shooting at him, police said.

Bar owner Derrick Hemby, 49, of Homewood estimated that about 40 people were on the street when the fight began in front of an apartment building in the 7200 block of Kelly Street. A brass pistol casing lay on a sidewalk near the building.

Hemby said the bar, named for his father, Earl, has been in his family for 35 years and has strict rules prohibiting weapons and fighting inside. He said three security guards pat down patrons, who must also pass through a metal detector before entering.

He said he did not know what triggered the fight, and he did not know any of the people involved.

“I know (Underwood's) family,” Hemby said. “My condolences go out to the family and the other victims. These young people today, every disagreement has to end in violence.”

Underwood, who lived in the East End, pleaded guilty in Allegheny County to drug possession in 2007 and last year and to receiving stolen property in 2006, according to online court records. He was sentenced to probation in each case.

He became the second man to die from gunfire in Homewood since May. On May 20, someone shot Elden Harper, 35, in the back of the head as he was standing on a sidewalk in the 700 block of North Homewood Avenue.

Police investigated three homicides in the neighborhood last year.

Police ask that anyone with information about the latest shooting or the identity of the man in the surveillance video call homicide detectives at 412-323-7161. Detectives could not be reached on Sunday afternoon.

Bob Bauder is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-765-2312 or bbauder@tribweb.com.

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