Gunshot strikes Jeannette boy's ear, 11, in bedroom
An 11-year-old Jeannette child suffered an ear injury from a gunshot on Wednesday when someone fired six rounds into his West Jeannette home, police said.
Trent Marciniak said he was standing in his sister's bedroom in their South 14th Street home when the bullets pierced the wall, grazing the boy's ear.
The incident occurred just three days after a community group staged a march along Clay Avenue downtown to protest a surge of violent incidents in the city. Since fall, Jeannette police have investigated home invasions, an attempted shooting and a drive-by shooting that targeted several homes the day before Thanksgiving. Officers have confiscated weapons and made arrests for heroin sales.
The boy's grandmother, Dee McAuliffe, said she was using her computer downstairs when she heard “pop, pop, pop” sounds.
Her two grandchildren started screaming.
“It hurt,” said Trent. “I thought, what was going to happen to me. I just remember my mommy picking me up and my grandpa screaming and my ear hurting.”
“He could have been killed. It was just by the grace of God,” said McAuliffe, who has lived in the house for 38 years. “What happened? I don't know. We don't bother anybody. It had to have been random.”
Candice Teeters said the thickness of the bedroom wall may have saved her son.
“We were so close to losing him,” she said. “If it wasn't for the thickness of the insulation in the walls and the grace of God.”
Jeannette police Officer Justin Scalzo said the child was lucky.
“If (the bullet) would have been over further, it would have hurt him,” he said.
Jeannette and Manor police scoured the area looking for footprints in the snow and shell casings. They found a fragment from a small-caliber bullet in the bedroom.
Scalzo said police have no suspects in the shooting.
An hour after the 14th Street incident, police responded to a report of gunshots in the area of Chestnut and Division streets.
“Several witnesses said they heard three or four shots in the area,” Scalzo said.
Richard Gazarik is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-830-6292 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- Westmoreland officials fear loss of impact fees
- Lineup released for Greensburg concert series
- Ligonier Valley YMCA marks start of 32,000-square-foot expansion
- Budget work ahead for Southmoreland School District
- Women to stand trial in theft of drugs from Norwin Pharmacy
- Seder in Greensburg looks beyond Jewish community
- Geneva College student died of heart-related natural causes, coroner says
- Fracking foes pack zoning discussion in Ligonier Township
- Mt. Pleasant’s background colored by entrepreneurial spirit
- Scottdale, Everson — separated by creek — share mining past
- Westmoreland drug task force plans fundraising efforts