CARRICK, Pa. - Pittsburgh police said a 19-year-old man shot two others who forced their way into his Carrick apartment early Tuesday morning, killing one of them.
Investigators haven't identified the Merritt Avenue resident who shot the suspects about 2:20 a.m. Tuesday.
Authorities said the suspects fired a shot through the apartment door and entered, accosting the man and a 17-year-old female who also lived there.
According to police, the suspects demanded his belongings as they forced the male resident into the bedroom. Once inside the bedroom, the resident picked up a shotgun and fired three times, killing one of the suspects and wounding the other, police said.
Channel 11’s Brandon Hudson reported the dead man was identified as David Calhoun. According to The Associated Press, the wounded suspect is 27-year-old Christopher Thomas, of Pittsburgh. He is in critical condition at UPMC Mercy Hospital.
“I saw blood everywhere, and I was like, ‘What happened?’” said Michael Ferita, who lives in the same apartment building.
Police haven't said whether charges would be filed in the alleged break-in or subsequent shooting.
“He’s always been nice to me,” Ferita said of the man who was being robbed. He described him as a kindhearted guy. “He loves everybody. I’ve never seen the kid raise his voice, let alone fire a gun.”
Channel 11’s Brandon Hudson reported the incident happened in the same neighborhood where crews are filming “Southpaw,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
“Southpaw” is about a boxer who fights his way to the top, only to find his life falling apart around him, according to the Internet Movie Database.
The director of “Southpaw,” Antoine Fuqua, is from Pittsburgh. He graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School and attended West Virginia University.
Hudson reported no one from the set was involved in any way and the incident did not stall production.
Neighbors remain on edge.
"I thought my house was going to be safe, but you're not safe in this neighborhood," said Clara Hicks.
Hicks and her husband have lived on Merritt Avenue for 10 years.
"I'm not surprised what happened because this is a terrible neighborhood,” she said.
“I was scared for my life,” said another neighbor who heard the shots fired.