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Police: North Versailles Walmart shooter drew weapon after being jumped from behind

Brian C. Rittmeyer
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Allegheny County Police released this image from Walmart surveillance video. They are identifying the person in the photo as Rojanai Alston.

A Penn Hills woman had been attacked by two other women before opening fire in a North Versailles Walmart on Friday night, according to a criminal complaint against her.

Rojanai Germaine Alston, 22, fired at both of her assailants and hit one of them twice, in the hand and left leg, police say. The woman, who was not identified, was in critical condition when taken to UPMC Mercy hospital in Pittsburgh.

Alston turned herself in to police on Saturday. Allegheny County Police have charged her with criminal attempt to commit homicide and aggravated assault.

She was released from the Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh on Sunday after posting $25,000 bail, according to court records.

The incident was reported to North Versailles Police around 9:30 p.m. Friday. The entire incident was captured on the store’s video surveillance, police said in the criminal complaint.

Police said the video showed the shooting victim and another, unidentified woman walking behind Alston. They jumped Alston from behind and began to assault her in the store’s electronics section.

An unknown man who was with Alston tried to break it up.

While the two women were still attacking Alston, police said Alston reached into her purse and pulled out a gun. They let go of her and fled in separate directions.

Police said Alston fired at least four shots at the unidentified woman, before walking down the aisle and firing more shots and hitting the other woman in the hand and leg.

“Alston then walked back up the aisle, picked up her purse, retrieved some additional items that fell to the ground, and then fled the store with the unknown male,” police said in the complaint.

Alston and the man with her ran into the parking lot and fled in an SUV.

Its license plate was captured on a plate reader; the SUV was registered to Alston and another person.

Police found seven spent 9 mm cartridge casings inside the store.

Police found Alston has two firearms registered to her, including a Glock 9 mm pistol.

Alston has a valid concealed carry permit, police said.

Police went to Alston’s home in Penn Hills on Friday night, where relatives told them she wasn’t there but was going to turn herself in in the morning.

Alston is scheduled for a preliminary hearing July 18 before District Judge Roxanne Sakoian Eichler.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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