Wilkinsburg man shot and killed after urinating off porch
A man who urinated off a second-floor porch died when someone below sprayed bullets up at him late Tuesday, Allegheny County Police said.
Roosevelt Robinson, 35, of Wilkinsburg was playing dominoes with friends on a second-floor portico at a home on Franklin Avenue when he decided to relieve himself over the side railing about 11 p.m., police said.
Witnesses heard a voice yell, “Yo! Yo!” from below before someone fired shots, striking Robinson once. He died in UPMC Mercy.
“I don't think I have ever encountered anything like this,” Lt. Andrew Schurman said.
Longtime friend Kyle Holbrook, 34, of Homewood who worked with Robinson on community service projects said, “I never met anybody like him. ... He was a good guy. He's not just some guy that got killed in some community.”
Customers at nearby Hanini Market talked about the shooting throughout the day, manager Tony Abed said. He said one woman broke down when she heard the news.
“It's shocking,” Abed said. “It's sad, honestly. It goes to show that in the blink of the eye, a life can be taken.”
Leah Drolz, who lived near Robinson on Hunter Street, sobbed as she remembered him as a good man and father.
“All I can keep picturing is his grin,” Drolz said. “He was a good dude. He always made me smile.”
Police believe the shooter was between two houses on Franklin, a path neighbors said people use as a cut-through. Investigators found rolling papers in the area.
Richard Stephens, 62, who lives across the street, said he heard about four gunshots. He said public urination is common at the house.
“That's nothing new,” Stephens said. “The people have a lot of visitors. ... They take a leak wherever they can whenever they can. I wish they wouldn't when I'm sitting out on my porch.”
Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call 412-473-1300.
Margaret Harding is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-8519 or email@example.com. Staff member Stephanie Strasburg contributed.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Jerome Bettis to be enshrined in hall of fame
- Tennessee quarterback Peterman considers transfer to Pitt
- Suggestions are aplenty on what Penguins need to break through
- Starkey: Pitt needs this version of James Robinson
- Westmoreland museum spotlights artist John Kane’s late-in-life fame
- Familiar Downtown Pittsburgh presence lost arm, leg to train
- Gulls fleeing frozen Great Lakes fill skies over Pittsburgh’s Point
- Penguins minor league notebook: Rookie Wilson emerges as 3rd-line NHL prospect
- Westmoreland Museum makeover draws raves
- Pitt upsets No. 8 Notre Dame to snap losing streak
- CMU software eases task of mining prostitution ads