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Pittsburgh shooting victim, 19, found dead in Homewood vacant lot

Pittsburgh police Saturday morning found the body of a 19-year-old Beltzhoover man believed to have been shot at least four times, Department of Public Safety officials said.

John Davern was pronounced dead at 9:27 a.m., the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office said. The cause and manner of death were not released, pending an autopsy.

About 9:15 a.m., someone called 911 to report an unresponsive man lying in a vacant lot in the 7100 block of Upland Street in Homewood, public safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler said.

Police suspect the fatal shooting may be connected to an alert that came in about 11 p.m. Friday from ShotSpotter, Pittsburgh’s gunshot detection system. The system can pick up and identify gunfire within a 3-mile radius.

Officials ask that anyone with information to call the violent crime unit at 412-323-7131.

Natasha Lindstrom is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-380-8514 or

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