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Suspect arrested in man's shooting death in East Carnegie

Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review
A woman riding in an SUV is wheeled to an ambulance outside Consol Energy Center Sunday, June 24, 2012. The SUV flipped at Centre Avenue and Washington Place, injuring several people, including two children. Police said the brother of a man shot in East Carnegie crashed his car into the SUV as he rushed to UPMC Mercy hospital to check on him.

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Sunday, June 24, 2012, 4:08 p.m.

One man was dead, another was in custody, and four others were injured in a car wreck on Sunday in East Carnegie.

Police said Mileek Grissom, 23, of Beechview was shot shortly after 3 p.m. in an apartment in the 600 block of Noblestown Road. He was transported to UPMC Mercy in critical condition, where he died.

Just blocks away, Grissom's brother was rushing to the hospital about 4 p.m. when his car crashed into a sport utility vehicle on Centre Avenue near Consol Energy Center, rolling the SUV and sending its four occupants to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, Pittsburgh EMS supervisors said.

Two adults from the collision were taken to UPMC Mercy; two children, including an 18-month-old, were taken to Children's Hospital in Lawrenceville. Grissom's brother was arrested on charges of reckless endangerment and assault with a motor vehicle, police said.

Inside Mercy, Grissom's family members became distraught and refused to leave his side in the emergency department, even as doctors were attempting to save his life, said Zone 2 Sgt. William Gorman. When they became disruptive, police forcibly removed them — using a stun gun on Grissom's father when he fought officers — but later got everyone calmed down and transported to police headquarters to be interviewed.

“It's understandable. His son had just passed away, but (the doctors) had to operate. They have other patients to work on, and you can't disrupt things like that,” Gorman said.

With the help of officers from Collier, Scott, Green Tree, Carnegie and Heidelberg, police quickly got a description of the shooting suspect and tracked him to the area of Main Street in Carnegie, said Zone 6 Sgt. Richard Howe.

Police identified the suspect as Lamar Alston, 24, no address available. He is charged with homicide, three counts of attempted homicide and other charges.

An autopsy was scheduled for Grissom this morning.

Matthew Santoni is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5625 or

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