Sharpsburg man accused of shooting youth football coach arrested
A Sharpsburg man charged with attempted homicide in connection with the shooting of a youth football coach at Pittsburgh’s Mellon Park has been arrested, according to Pittsburgh police.
Anthony Lamont Hines, Jr. was arrested Sunday afternoon in Monroeville by the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force, police said.
Hines, 33, also faces charges of aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person, as well as firearms violations and a violation of an active PFA, police said. He was in the Allegheny County Jail early Sunday night.
The shooting happened during a practice Friday, as children ages 8 to 10 looked on. Witnesses and the coach identified Hines as the gunman, according to police.
The coach, who has not been identified, was listed in stable condition at UPMC Shadyside Hospital where he was taken by another coach after the shooting.
Witnesses told police that Hines, whose nephew plays on the East End Raiders youth football team, had caused trouble at previous practices. They said “Uncle Tone” approached the coach about 7 p.m. Friday and began shooting. The suspect continued firing as he chased the coach across the field and stood over him, firing shots as he crawled along the ground attempting to avoid the gunfire, according to the warrant.
About 13 children were on the field at the time and fled with their parents to a nearby parking lot.
Police said the coach was wounded in the upper chest and left forearm.
Hines wore a surgical mask and fled to a parked car that investigators found at Hamilton Avenue and Hale Street in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood, p0lice said.
Police found five shell casings and a spent bullet on the field after the shooting.
Bob Bauder and Madasyn Czebiniak
are Tribune-Review staff writers.