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16-year-old dead in Turtle Creek shooting; second teen hurt

| Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, 4:42 a.m.
Jerame Turner, 16, one of two Woodland Hills School District students shot and killed, volunteered during a Thanksgiving turkey giveaway last month in Braddock.
Jerame Turner, 16, one of two Woodland Hills School District students shot and killed, volunteered during a Thanksgiving turkey giveaway last month in Braddock.
Turtle Creek fatal shooting scene
Turtle Creek fatal shooting scene

One teenager was killed and another wounded in a double shooting in Turtle Creek on Monday night.

According to Allegheny County police, Turtle Creek police and paramedics went to the 400 block of George Street about 11 p.m. in response to a 911 call about a shooting.

They found a 16-year-old boy suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to a trauma hospital, where he died, county police said.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner identified the teen as Jerame Turner of Turtle Creek. Turner died in the emergency room at Forbes Regional Hospital.

Shortly after the first 911 call, a second call was received about a second shooting victim in the 1200 block of Chestnut Street.

There, authorities found a 13-year-old boy who had run from the shooting scene on George Street. He had a gunshot wound to his arm that was not life threatening.

County police said a motive for the shooting was not clear, and there was no information on a suspect.

Turner, a Turtle Creek resident, was a junior at Woodland Hills High School, where he played football. He had two older brothers who also played football for Woodland Hills.

“He was a very bright and popular young man,” Woodland Hills Superintendent Alan Johnson said. “We don't know anything more about the circumstances of his death than you probably do. We have counselors on hand at the high school for any student or staff member who may need that.

“Beyond that, we will reach out to the family to see if there is any support that we can provide and to let them know that we are grieving with them,” he said.

Turner also had a twin sister who attends Woodland Hills.

Chris Edmonds, an assistant coach of the Woodland Hills football team, said Turner played linebacker.

“He was a good kid that needed football,” Edmonds said. “Football evened him out, and he looked up to the coaches.”

Edmonds, who owns a food truck called ATU, said Turner volunteered last week in a Thanksgiving turkey giveaway in Braddock organized by radio station WAMO 100 FM and ATU. Turner poured coffee and passed out soup to people waiting in line.

“I was looking to hire him part time,” Edmonds said.

Turner's killing occurred within three days of the shooting death of an eighth-grader from the school district. Augustus C. Gray, 14, of Braddock was shot dead at 6 a.m. Saturday in the Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar neighborhood of Pittsburgh, police said.

In an automated phone message to district parents Tuesday, Johnson reiterated that grief counselors are available for students.

“Our school district has been struck by a tragedy that is beyond what almost anyone can imagine,” he said. “Our schools have been shaken to their core. We have lost two beautiful and amazing young men, and we now have two families and scores of friends who are grieving and in need of all the support and comforting that we can provide.”

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4701, or via Twitter @BCRittmeyer. Ben Schmitt is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-320-7991, or via Twitter at @Bencschmitt.

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