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1 killed, 4 wounded in Homewood bar shooting

| Saturday, March 1, 2014, 4:32 a.m.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review
A sign that says 'Stop Shooting, We Love You,' is posted on a fence next to the Rendezvous Phase III club on Hamilton Avenue in Homewood on Saturday, March 1, 2014. Around 1:30 a.m., police were called in response to a shooting at that location that left one man dead and four others injured.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review
A bullet hole is visible in the front window of the Rendezvous Phase III club on Hamilton Avenue in Homewood on Saturday, March 1, 2014. Around 1:30 a.m., police were called in response to a shooting at that location that left one man dead and four others injured.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review
A pedestrian walks past the Rendezvous Phase III club on Hamilton Avenue in Homewood on Saturday, March 1, 2014. Around 1:30 a.m., police were called in response to a shooting that left one man dead and four others injured.

One person was shot to death and four others wounded inside a Homewood bar early Saturday, city police said.

When police and medics arrived at the Rendezvous Phase III bar, in the 7200 block of Hamilton Ave., about 1:20 a.m., bar patrons were fleeing the scene, according to a statement from police.

Police found Vincent Edward Holt Jr., 27, of Homewood dead inside the bar.

Four others were wounded. Three were taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital for treatment: a 24-year-old man from Penn Hills with a gunshot wound to the hip; a 27-year-old man from Swissvale with a gunshot wound to the left leg; and a 25-year-old man from Wilkinsburg with a gunshot wound to the right foot. Police said they were conscious and alert when transported.

A fifth shooting victim, a 22-year-old man from Penn Hills walked into West Penn Hospital with a gunshot wound to the arm. He was transferred to Allegheny General Hospital for treatment, police added.

Police did not identify the wounded.

Police worked on Saturday to find witnesses. No arrests had been made.

Homicide detectives said a bartender told them that when the shots began, he ducked behind the bar. Four security personnel working at the bar left before police arrived, and they haven't been identified, police said.

A man who answered the door at the bar about 5:30 a.m. declined comment. No one answered the phone on Saturday morning.

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

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