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Police investigating homicide in Homewood

By Bob Bauder and Matthew Santoni
Sunday, May 11, 2014, 8:15 a.m.

Pittsburgh police were searching on Sunday for a light-colored Chevrolet Camaro that witnesses saw leaving the scene of a fatal shooting outside an art studio in Homewood.

Officers found Jeffrey Jackson, 38, of Verona shot multiple times, including four times in the chest, about 5:10 a.m. on Hale Street near Homewood Avenue, outside a house that resident Vanessa German turned into a studio for neighborhood children.

“It was in an area where a lot of houses are occupied, so a lot of people heard it and were upset, traumatized,” said German, who said she had exchanged pleasantries with Jackson on the street in the past.

In addition to creating art with children, German prints and distributes yard signs that say, “Stop Shooting; We Love You.” She said part of her reaction would include talking honestly with kids in her program about the shooting.

“We're not going to just open the art house tomorrow like nothing happened. Some of the kids saw what happened and were already asking about it,” she said.

Public safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler said police found Jackson on the street near the curb. She said witnesses described a Camaro that fled after the shooting.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said Jackson died of multiple gunshot wounds in the trunk and ruled his death a homicide.

Bob Bauder and Matthew Santoni are staff writers for Trib Total Media.



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