Wednesday was a violent night in the Hill District.
PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Police respond to shooting in Pittsburgh’s Hill District
A man shot in the chest walked down Centre Avenue, and up the steps of the Zone 2 police station around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Police got that man to the hospital, and then less than an hour later in the same block a 3-year-old child was grazed on the head by a bullet.
“That is so sad, that is so sad,” said Barbara Stiggers, who owns the Notary Now Plus on Centre Avenue.
Police said there were young children in the home when an argument between siblings turned violent.
Suspect Devont Spencer-Johnson was arguing with his sister when her boyfriend intervened.
That’s when Spencer-Johnson pulled a gun, and during a scuffle, Spencer-Johnson’s own son was grazed on the head by a bullet — and his sister’s boyfriend was shot.
Notary Now Plus is in the same building where the shooting happened … the owner was shocked to hear the news
“The five years I’ve been here there has not been any incident like this end of Centre is pretty quiet up here,” Stiggers said.
Community leaders are also searching for answers, Rev. Glenn Grayson, whose church, Wesley Center AME Zion Church, is in the middle of both shootings, says he wants fewer guns on the street.
“The availability of guns everywhere and everyone almost has a gun, straw purchases, lost guns, and people not being responsible we are seeing that more lives are being taken through gun violence,” Grayson said.
That 3-year-old is now recovering, and his dad is in jail.
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