Mystery surrounds fatal shooting of Penn Hills man |

Mystery surrounds fatal shooting of Penn Hills man

Nearly six years ago, a Penn Hills man was chased down and shot outside his house, and investigators are still hoping someone will come forward with information to solve the case.

Kevin Woods, 30, left his Frankstown Road home about 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 8, 2002. He was standing in his driveway near his car when witnesses heard three gunshots, Allegheny County police Detective Scott Scherer said. Woods ran into the backyard as two men chased him. A neighbor, who was outside washing his car, saw the men running after Woods but didn’t get a close enough look to provide a description to police.

Woods was running through a neighbor’s yard when one of the pursuers shot him once in the head, Scherer said.

The shooters, described as wearing all black clothing, ran into a wooded area behind Woods’ house. Responding detectives found two black hooded sweatshirts in the woods but were unable to find the shooters, Scherer said.

Woods was taken to UPMC Presbyterian, Oakland, where he died the next day.

Woods’ car was still in his driveway with the door open and keys in the ignition when police arrived at the scene. Investigators believe he was getting into his car when the attackers confronted him. Police found three 9-mm shell casings at the scene.

Woods, who had three children ages 7, 4 and 4 months, worked in construction.

Woods, also known as Kevin Bivens or Kevin Thomas, had an extensive criminal record for charges including reckless endangerment, drug offenses and fleeing and eluding police, investigators said. Scherer said Woods died the day he was scheduled to stand trial on charges of hindering the apprehension or prosecution of his brother, Aki Bivens, who had been arrested on charges of attempted homicide.

Police were not able to identify suspects in Woods’ death or determine a motive for the shooting. Additional Information:

Cold Case Files

Every Monday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and local police publish details of unsolved homicides. Anyone with information on today’s case can call Allegheny County Police communications dispatch at 412-473-3000 or county homicide Lt. Bill Palmer at 412-473-1253 or Sgt. Andrew Schurman at 412-473-1301. Callers can remain anonymous. People with information can also visit the county police headquarters at 400 North Lexington Ave. in North Point Breeze.

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