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Police: Sheldon Park shooting victim not cooperating with authorities

Brian C. Rittmeyer
| Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, 9:48 a.m.
A woman was shot at the Sheldon Park public housing complex in Harrison on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. She was expected to survive.
Brian Rittmeyer | Tribune-Review
A woman was shot at the Sheldon Park public housing complex in Harrison on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. She was expected to survive.
A door is left open at 415 Park Ave. at Sheldon Park in Harrison as county and township police investigate a shooting on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018.
Brian C. Rittmeyer | Tribune-Review
A door is left open at 415 Park Ave. at Sheldon Park in Harrison as county and township police investigate a shooting on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018.
Sheldon Park is an Allegheny County Housing Authority complex in Harrison.
Sheldon Park is an Allegheny County Housing Authority complex in Harrison.

A 29-year-old woman shot Monday at Harrison’s Sheldon Park public housing complex is not cooperating with authorities, according to Allegheny County Housing Authority police Chief Mike Vogel.

Harrison police learned of the shooting around 7 a.m. when they were called to Allegheny Valley Hospital. A friend of the injured woman, who has not been identified, drove her to the hospital, Harrison police Chief Mike Klein said.

The woman was shot in her apartment at 415 Park Ave., across a playground and basketball court from the Lloyd D. Hayden Center.

Vogel said there were no signs of forced entry at the apartment. He said it appears the woman either knows the person who shot her or the wound was accidentally self-inflicted.

“We can’t substantiate anything at this time, unless she complies and tells us the truth,” Vogel said. “Something doesn’t seem right.”

Allegheny County police initially reported the woman had been shot multiple times. Later in the day, authorities said she may have been shot just once, with an entry and exit wound.

She was taken to an unspecified hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment. County police said she was in stable condition Monday morning and her injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

Police have not found the weapon used in the shooting.

Vogel said that Sheldon Park residents’ leases prohibit them from having guns unless they get authorization and keep them in a locked safe, which authority police inspect.

Vogel said the injured woman did not have permission to possess a firearm.

News of another shooting worried Sheldon Park residents. It came a week after a woman and her daughter, Satomi and Lilly Finch, were shot by a neighbor Nov. 26 as they returned home to their unit on Municipal Drive. The shooter, Eddie Layne, 48, committed suicide after that shooting.

“This is scary. You don’t even want to let your kids outside,” said Sheldon Park resident Alona Austin, who has children ages 5 and 2.

“I’ve lived here five years, and it’s never been this bad,” she said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Allegheny County Police tipline at 833-255-8477. Callers can remain anonymous.

Brian Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701, brittmeyer@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BCRittmeyer.

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