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16-year-old Arnold boy shot and killed in Northview Heights courtyard

Megan Guza
| Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, 9:03 a.m.
Derrick Brown, 16, was killed late Sunday in Northview Heights.
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Derrick Brown, 16, was killed late Sunday in Northview Heights.

A teenage boy was fatally shot late Sunday in Pittsburgh's Northview Heights neighborhood, police said Monday morning.

Police responded shortly before 11:30 p.m. to Mt. Pleasant Road for a report of someone shot in a courtyard, according to Public Safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler.

Paramedics transported Derrick Brown, 16, of Arnold to Allegheny General Hospital in the North Side, where he was pronounced dead, Toler said.

Brown died from a gunshot wound to the head, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office.

While officers were at the scene investigating, more shots were fired several blocks away on Goshen Street, Toler said. Police found four bullet holes in a home and three in a parked truck, but no one was injured.

Brown's is the eighth homicide in the city this year. Twelve people had been killed by this time last year, including one double homicide and one triple homicide.

Northview Heights, a public-housing complex, has seen its share of violence, including one homicide in 2016 and one in 2015. An uptick in shootings there in summer 2014 led the city to increase police foot patrols in the area. A man was shot in the leg there in January.


2017 Homicides in Allegheny County

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