2 teenagers shot dead in Sheraden; man critically injured
Pittsburgh police say one shootout early Monday in Sheraden may have ended with two teenagers dead and a man critically injured.
Dionedre Dozier, 17, died in the shooting on Glen Mawr Avenue shortly after midnight, officials said.
Eight hours later, police found Martin Brown Jr., 18, face down between two houses in the 2700 block of Zephyr Avenue, about a block from where Dozier fell, officials said.
Shortly after the 12:20 a.m. shooting, a 24-year-old man walked into Allegheny General Hospital, North Side, with gunshots and is in critical condition, police said. Police did not identify him.
Police believe the fatalities and the injury may be related but are conducting interviews, said Lt. Daniel Herrmann.
A white SUV was seen fleeing the shooting in the direction of West Carson Street, and a similar vehicle was seen delivering the unidentified victim to the hospital, Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Sonya Toler said.
“We do believe (Brown’s death) is possibly related,” said Herrmann, at the scene Monday morning. “With the weather conditions the way they were last night with the rain, this (body) may have been not found until today,” he said. “There was a shootout. There are many different caliber casings we recovered. We did recover some weapons on scene. This shootout from last night and this are only 10 hours old, so we have a lot of work to do, and we have to look at the evidence and see where it goes.”
Neighbors peered out of their homes early in the day as detectives canvassed the neighborhood seeking witnesses. Blood-soaked grass remained between two houses where Brown’s body was found.
Neighbor Aimee Davis said she’s lived in the neighborhood for seven years and has never had problems, although she sometimes hears gunshots.
“Normally, it’s quiet. There’s some ruckus once in a while,” Davis, 30, said. “Shootings do happen, but normally, they don’t hit anyone.”
When police responded to a 911 call for the shooting on Glen Mawr Avenue, they found Dozier of Sheraden shot multiple times on the sidewalk. He was transported to Allegheny General, where he died about an hour later. Police discovered a gun in his possession at the hospital, Toler said.
Three guns were found at the scene, and a car nearby was hit by gunfire.
“It’s usually real quiet up here. In the summertime, you walk up and down the street, and no one bothers you. This is crazy,” said Desi Carter, 51, a retired police officer who lives a few blocks away. “I don’t want to be carrying guns anymore.”
Bobby Kerlik is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7886 or firstname.lastname@example.org.