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Allentown man charged in shooting

Tony Raap
| Tuesday, August 2, 2016 1:56 a.m

An 18-year-old man accused of fatally shooting his friend Monday night in Allentown told police the gun accidentally went off while the two were playing around on the victim’s porch.

Pittsburgh police on Tuesday charged Kenneth Murphy of Allentown with homicide in the death of Christopher Rodriguez, 20.

According to a criminal complaint, Murphy went to Rodriguez’s home on Arlington Avenue to buy a gun.

Murphy said Rodriguez showed him three guns. They began to play around with the guns while negotiating prices when a revolver went off.

Murphy told detectives he believed the gun wasn’t loaded and that it didn’t fire the first time he pulled the trigger.

The shooting happened about 11:50 p.m. Monday. Rodriguez was pronounced dead just before midnight at his home.

An autopsy showed he was shot in the face, shoulder, side and neck, according to the complaint.

Tony Raap is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-320-7827 or

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