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Police issue warrant in basketball star's shooting

Kevin Gorman
| Monday, April 2, 2007, 12:00 p.m.

Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for a 19-year-old Hill District man wanted in connection with the shooting of an Aliquippa High School basketball star.

Police say they believe Marcus Cleaster Longmire, 19, is the gunman who shot Herb Pope after a fight broke out about 2:45 a.m. Saturday when one of Longmire's friends tried to arrange a ride home from a party in Aliquippa.

Pope today is in good condition at UPMC Presbyterian hospital's trauma center with four gunshot wounds, said Aliquippa police Chief Ralph Pallante.

"I believe that the dispute started over someone wanting a ride," Pallante said. "Words were exchanged, punches were thrown. That's how silly this was - it was over a ride."

An informant identified Longmire as the shooter, Pallante said. He is wanted on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault and simple assault, and might also be charged with carrying a gun without a license, Pallante said.

Longmire has several addresses, including an apartment on Somers Drive in the Hill District, and is known to frequent Aliquippa and other Beaver County towns, police said. He is described as black, about 5 feet, 3 inches tall and weighing about 150 to 160 pounds.

Pallante said Pope, 18, is cooperating with police in their investigation.

Pope was supposed to leave Saturday for Chicago to play at the United Center on Tuesday in the Reebok Roundball Classic, an all-star game for the nation's top high school players.

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