Ross Park Mall guard accidentally shot friend at mall, police say |

Ross Park Mall guard accidentally shot friend at mall, police say

Tony LaRussa

A security guard at Ross Park Mall was loading his gun when he accidentally shot a friend in the buttocks, police said Wednesday.

The guard was in the mall’s security office at the end of his shift about 11 p.m. Tuesday when the weapon — a Glock semi-automatic pistol — discharged, Ross police said.

The bullet went through a wooden stand and struck his friend, who was treated at Allegheny General Hospital and released.

The mall was closed at the time.

The guard has a permit to carry a concealed weapon, but Ross Park Mall guards do not carry firearms.

The guard, whose name was not released, was fired by Universal Protection Services, authorities said.

Police are investigating, but said they do not plan to file charges.

Tony LaRussa is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-772-6368 or [email protected].

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