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Braddock man arrested in shooting

| Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006, 12:00 p.m.

Pittsburgh police Wednesday arrested a Braddock man and searched for another suspect in connection with a shooting and home invasion in South Oakland that critically injured a 26-year-old man.

Shaka Davidson, 19, was arrested after detectives interviewed him at city police headquarters, police spokeswoman Tammy Ewin said.

The suspected shooter, Vincent White, 22, also of Braddock, remained at large, she said.

"We know White shot him," police Cmdr. Thomas Stangrecki said. "We're unsure why."

The victim, whose name was not released, was in critical condition in UPMC Presbyterian hospital, Oakland.

The robbery and shooting occurred about 3 p.m. Tuesday in the 3300 block of Ward Street. A 21-year-old man who lives in the apartment and his girlfriend, 26, escaped serious injury. Their names also were withheld.

The gunshot victim, who was wounded after scuffling with the assailants, had been playing video games at the time of the robbery.

The suspects had bought marijuana from the 21-year-old resident and intended to steal drug money from him, Stangrecki said.

After a struggle, White produced a gun and ordered the 21-year-old man to show him where he kept his guns, police said.

The 21-year-old resident had guns, as well as a collection of samurai swords and knives, police said.

Davidson grabbed a sword and held the 26-year-old man at bay while White retrieved the guns from a closet in another room, police said.

White returned and fired two shots, the first one striking the victim in the abdomen. A second shot missed, according to police Lt. Kevin Kraus.

The intruders took at least one handgun, police said.

A samurai sword from the house was thrown into a nearby yard. A food storage bag with suspected marijuana was found on a sidewalk in front of the house, police said.

Davidson was arraigned in Pittsburgh Municipal Court and jailed in lieu of $125,000 straight bond to await a hearing scheduled Dec. 13.

He is charged with robbery, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, attempted homicide and criminal conspiracy, Ewin said. White will face similar charges when he is arrested, she said.

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