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Teen killed, five hurt in 4 shootings in city

| Thursday, May 11, 2006, 12:00 p.m.

A teenager was killed and five other people were wounded Wednesday in four unrelated shootings throughout Pittsburgh.

Ronald Vesci, 18, of Homewood, was fatally wounded and a 2-year-old girl was grazed by a bullet at 1:15 p.m. during a drive-by shooting outside a house in the 7300 block of Monticello Street in Homewood, said Major Crimes Cmdr. Tom Stangrecki. Someone outside the house returned fire.

Vesci was drying a car parked outside the home and the girl was playing in the front yard with other family members when a sport utility vehicle pulled up, and the driver and passenger opened fire, Stangrecki said. The man who returned fire is licensed to carry a gun, Stangrecki said.

Two people were wounded shortly after 7 p.m. near the 900 block of Cherokee Street in the Hill District.

A man walked into Mercy Hospital, Uptown, a short time later with a gunshot wound to the head and another was taken by friends to UPMC Shadyside hospital with a gunshot wound to the back. The wounds are not believed to be life-threatening.

City police began chasing a car believed to have been involved in the shooting at 7:19 p.m. Two passengers bailed out during the chase, which ended near the intersection of Wylie and Herron avenues when the car hit a pole. The driver ran into the woods and was captured a short time later.

On the North Side, a 23-year-old man was shot in the thigh and ankle about 11:45 a.m. on Reddour Street. Police later arrested the driver of a car believed to be involved in that shooting. Officers did not identify the victim or the driver.

Tabitha Harrison, 27, of Knoxville, was critically injured after police say her ex-boyfriend, Charles Cutrary, 21, broke into her home and shot her in the back.

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