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Shootings, lack of community help frustrate Monroeville police

| Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011

A shooting in Monroeville last week was the fifth incident of shots fired at individuals so far this year in Monroeville.

A shooting in the area of Patton Street near Thomas Street last Thursday left a 19-year-old man injured with two gunshot wounds, said Assistant Police Chief Steven Pascarella.

There has been a spike in shootings over the past seven months, but there's no one issue that drives the incidents, Pascarella said.

"There's a difference between a spike and a trend," he said. "It's hard to respond to a spike in crime. We have to watch for a trend."

A shooting in the parking lot of Miracle Lanes Bowling Alley in April sent two teens to the hospital. Although a sizable crowd witnessed the shooting, no one at the scene reported it until after the youths had been taken to the hospital.

That incident was the result of a previous dispute that existed between people from Pittsburgh. There were no arrests.

The second shooting occurred near the Fox Hill Apartments on Fox Hill Drive in May. The victim was shot in the thigh in what police suspect was a drug-related incident. Monroeville police arrested Orlando Williams of Penn Hills. He is scheduled for a non-jury trial on Oct. 25.

Shots were fired at the Boyce Park Wave Pool in June, after several young people had been ejected from the pool for fighting, according to Allegheny County police. There were no injuries, and there have been no arrests.

In July, shots were fired outside of Dakota's Restaurant and Lounge on Monroeville Boulevard. No one was injured, and there have been no arrests.

The string of incidents is disturbing, despite being unrelated, Pascarella said.

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