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Suspect sought in Harrison shooting

Chuck Biedka
| Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007

Two men traded punches before one shot the other last weekend in Sheldon Park, police said Tuesday.

Police accuse William Brown, 21, of Park Avenue, Harrison, of shooting Shane Snyder, 24, of Buffalo Township, at about 10:15 p.m. Saturday.

Police said Brown used a .22-caliber pistol to shoot Snyder, of Howes Run Road, three times.

Snyder, who was hit in the face, shoulder and back at close range, remained in critical condition Tuesday in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Police are looking for Brown who remains at-large.

Public housing residents said Brown and Snyder were separately visiting girlfriends at Sheldon Park-Parks Apartments when the men started to argue Saturday night.

County police Lt. Christopher Kearns said the men may have argued about a car but it's still unclear where the dispute started and how long it went on before the punches and gunfire.

Sheldon Park and the adjacent Parks Apartments are owned and operated by the Allegheny County Housing Authority.

The Parks Apartments have 29, two-story buildings with 122 units while Sheldon Park has 16, two-story buildings with 70 units.

Housing Authority police officers and Harrison police are increasing patrols but maintain that the site is safe.

"The shooting was an isolated incident...certainly out of character for this site," Allegheny County Public Housing Public Safety Chief Michael Vogel said Tuesday.

"Ninety-nine percent of our people who live there are never involved in something like this," he said.

People with criminal records are told they are banned from being there to protect residents, Vogel said. Others are asked to leave if they don't have a legal reason for being there.

Vogel said officers will file defiant trespass charges if those who are banned return to Sheldon Park.

Brown was allegedly visiting a woman resident on the day of the shooting.

She told police that she "knows of Brown" but she isn't dating him and she didn't invite him to Sheldon Park.

"Our investigation is continuing," Vogel said. "Residents know they are responsible for guests," he said.

If there is proof that the woman or any other Sheldon Park resident invited Brown, then they will be evicted, Vogel said.

Additional Information:

Allegheny Public Housing

For information about Sheldon Park, Parks Apartments and Allegheny County Public Housing Authority, go online and then access Parks/Sheldon Apts in the left column.

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