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Dozen of shots ring out on Fourth Avenue in Tarentum

Chuck Biedka

At least a dozen shots were fired along Fourth Avenue in Tarentum just before 1:30 a.m. Sunday after men who had been arguing were ordered to leave a bar, police said.

An Arnold man who claimed he was the intended target was arrested about 25 minutes later several blocks away, hiding in a house’s crawl space.

Although police couldn’t find evidence that anyone had been shot, they found 12 empty shell cases in the street, which matched witness accounts that numerous shots had been fired.

Police said Bates Ushra Gay, 25, of Arnold was with other men at the Praha Bar, at 400 Corbet St., until about 1 a.m. Police said Gay and others were forced to leave because they were arguing.

A bar employee told police that one of the men left in a silver Lexus.

He said it was quiet until about 1:20 a.m. when he heard multiple gunshots coming from Fourth Avenue, several blocks from the bar. He called 911, and police were sent to the 300 block of Fourth Avenue, near a borough parking lot.

Chief Bill Vakulick said police didn’t find anyone wounded or property damage from stray shots, but they found the empty bullet shells.

Police searched for the Lexus and found the unoccupied car in an alley about 15 minutes later.

Within the next few minutes, a man was reported running along Pearl Street, which connects the 400 block of East Eighth and East Seventh avenues. Police said that man — Gay — had forced his way into the crawl space of a house along Pearl Street.

Gay, who wasn’t wearing a shirt, told police he was running for his life.

Gay was charged with burglary, trespassing, loitering and prowling at night, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

He was taken to the Allegheny County Night Court to be arraigned.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 11.


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