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Man dies in shooting in Homewood; woman's body found

| Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 1:20 p.m.
James Knox
Pittsburgh police detectives and crime scene investigators were at the scene of a shooting Tuesday afternoon July 16, 2013, on Kedron Street in Homewood.

Little more than five hours after a man was shot and killed on Tuesday while working on a car in Homewood, the body of a young woman who had been shot was found along a secluded dead-end street in the same neighborhood.

There is no immediate indication that the shootings, which occurred more than a dozen blocks apart, are related, Pittsburgh police Lt. Daniel M. Herrmann said. There are no suspects in either case and the motives remain unknown, he said.

James Fleming, 39, of Homewood was shot about 12:40 p.m. along Kedron Street, a spokesman for the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said. He died about 20 minutes later at UPMC Presbyterian, the spokesman said.

Fleming was changing a tire. Residents on Kedron Street heard three or four shots and called police, city police Lt. Reyne Kacsuta said.

The body of the woman, who appears to be in her 20s but who was not carrying identification, was found shortly before 6 p.m. lying face down in a puddle along the side of Hallam Street, an alley in a wooded area off Perchment Street, Herrmann said.

Some sounds that could have been gunshots were heard during a thunderstorm about 3:30 or 4 p.m., he said.

The storm downed a tree and some power lines on Perchment, forcing motorists to turn around, said a resident, Gwen Brown.

She said a car with two men and a woman turned around on Hallam, spotted the body, and notified firefighters who were checking on the downed lines, Brown said.

“It's a dead-end street. There's nothing up there but a vacant house and woods and mud,” Brown said.

“Usually it's a quiet street except the prostitutes going up there with their johns. There's illegal dumping and drug deals up there, too. We call 911, but by the time the cops get here they are already gone.

“Now, I'm scared.”

Michael Hasch is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7820 or mhasch@tribweb.com. Staff writer Margaret Harding contributed to this report.

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