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Shooting after game retaliatory, police say

| Friday, Jan. 21, 2005, 12:00 p.m.

A gunman opened fire on a crowd leaving the gymnasium of Taylor Allderdice High School in Squirrel Hill moments after a basketball game ended, acting in retaliation for a shooting that took place a month earlier in Homewood, police said Thursday.

No one was injured Tuesday when the gunman fired four or five rounds from a .40-caliber handgun near the gym's entrance on the 2400 block of Shady Avenue at 9:30 p.m. Witnesses told police one person had been wounded, but authorities were unable to confirm that.

"The information I have is that the shooting involved two groups from Homewood and that it had nothing to do with Allderdice students," Allderdice principal Robert McMurray said.

Investigators suspect that the shooter and intended victim were both adults and not students at Allderdice or Peabody High School, the opposing team in the basketball game. Police recovered shell casings from the scene.

Police say they have video footage of a man firing a handgun, and school authorities said they are reviewing footage of a person of interest getting into a car and driving off. Investigators are reviewing the footage in hopes of identifying those involved.

Theories spreading through the Allderdice hallways that a football player had been the intended target turned out to be bogus, school officials and police said.

Another rumor, that the shooting was the result of a love triangle between a Allderdice girl and a former boyfriend at Westinghouse High School, also was discounted by authorities.

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