WILKINSBURG, Pa. -
The father of one of the women who lost her life in the Wilkinsburg mass shooting in March said he’s relieved two arrests have been made, but said it’s hard knowing he watched the two suspects grow up.
“I knew them. I never thought they do nothing like this,” Vernes Pugh, Tina Shelton’s father, said.
Tina Shelton, 37, and four others -- Jerry Shelton, 35; Tina Shelton, 37; Brittany Powell, 27; Shada Mahone, 26; and Chanetta Powell, a 25-year-old who was eight months pregnant -- were killed in the ambush in the backyard of a home on Franklin Avenue on March 9. Powell's unborn child also died.
“It’s (a) cowardly act to shoot innocent women,” Pugh said.
Police said the alleged gunmen, Cheron Shelton, 29, and Robert Thomas, 27, didn’t care who was hit. Cheron Shelton is not related to Jerry or Tina Shelton.