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Swissvale teen charged in drive-by shooting

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By Bill Vidonic

Published: Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, 9:57 a.m.

Allegheny County police charged a Swissvale teen with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and related offenses in a drive-by shooting on Friday.

According to a criminal complaint, the teen, who is 15, was one of several people in a vehicle that approached some men walking in the 2300 block of Woodstock Avenue about 2:30 p.m. Friday.

One man said he saw the teenager holding a semi-automatic pistol as he was sitting in the front passenger seat. The driver held a black revolver.

The men began to run and heard gunshots, according to the complaint.

Teenager then fired into a garage where one man had ducked inside, police wrote.

Another man said he felt fragments from the bullets hit his face.

Police spotted the vehicle on the Rankin Bridge, and that started a short chase that ended near Highwood Street in Munhall.

Police wrote that five men jumped out of the vehicle and fled, and police were able to find three of them, including the teenager. While in custody, according to the complaint, the teen told his companions that he fired the shots.

His bond information wasn't available.

Bill Vidonic is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5621 or




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