15-year-old charged with attempted homicide in Clairton pool shooting |

15-year-old charged with attempted homicide in Clairton pool shooting

Trenton Leach

A 15-year-old Clairton boy faces attempted homicide charges in the shooting of a teenage lifeguard at the city park Saturday.

Trenton Leach is also charged with aggravated assault, tampering with evidence and firearms violations, court records show.

Police responded shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday to the Clairton Pool on Freemont Street, where they found a 17-year-old lifeguard suffering from a gunshot wound to his chest.

Witnesses identified Leach by name to police, and police wrote in the complaint that they were familiar with Leach from previous dealings with him.

After the shooting, police set up a perimeter around Leach’s home on School Street. Officers spotted Leach running into the home, according to the complaint. Police pursued the teen inside, where he was taken into custody.

Leach remained in the Allegheny County Jail on Tuesday on $100,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 20.

Clairton officials are making changes to enhance security at the pool following the incident, the Trib’s news partner, WPXI-TV, reported.

“Moving forward, we will have a police officer at the front door and check and bring a police dog two or three times a week,” Clairton Mayor Richard Lattanzi told the station.

Cameras are expected to be installed at the pool by Thursday, when it is set to reopen, city officials said.

Brian C. Rittmeyer and Megan Guza are Tribune-Review staff writers.

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