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Valley News Dispatch

Arnold man wounded in Lower Burrell shooting

Chuck Biedka
| Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, 7:33 a.m.

An Arnold man was shot early Tuesday in what Lower Burrell police described as an attempted robbery and carjacking.

Police said James Pinkston, 26, of Leishman Avenue was grazed in the neck by a bullet just before 12:30 a.m.

He was in the rear parking lot of Jerry's Custard, an ice cream stand along Seventh Street Road in Lower Burrell.

Jerry's has been closed for the season since Oct. 21.

Police said Pinkston told authorities that he and another man planned to meet in the parking lot and then go to a bar to meet women.

Instead, police said, the other man tried to rob Pinkston, shooting him with a large-caliber handgun and stealing the car he was driving.

Pinkston told police he didn't know the identity of the shooter, Lower Burrell police Chief Tim Weitzel said.

Weitzel said Pinkston walked to the nearby Tel-Star Inn along Seventh Street in New Kensington, where he summoned help.

Police said Pinkston was treated and released from Allegheny Valley Hospital in Harrison.

Weitzel said the white 2008 Ford Taurus Pinkston was driving was found along Rose Street in Lower Burrell, which is a short drive from the shooting scene.

The alleged assailant is described only as a white man who wore a dark hooded sweatshirt and gray shorts.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 724-339-4287.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4711 or cbiedka@tribweb.com.

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