Gun, drugs, cash confiscated as police arrest 2 juveniles in shooting investigation



GLASSPORT, Pa. - Authorities have arrested two juveniles in connection with two shootings Sunday in Glassport.

According to police, shots were fired on Hemlock Alley and Ohio Avenue around 5 p.m.

Investigators said a 17-year-old male and a 16-year-old female were arrested a short time later on Ravensburg Boulevard in a vehicle believed to have been involved in the incident.

During the arrest, police said a pistol, two magazines and ammunition, more than 200 stamp bags of heroin, a bottle of Xanax tablets and about $2,000 in cash were recovered from the vehicle.

Detectives said the gun was equipped with what police believe was a makeshift laser-sighting device.

“They were taken into custody pretty quickly,” Glassport Lt. Ron Benoit said, noting neighbors who live near the scene of the shooting supplied them with surveillance video.

In one of the videos, Benoit said, “You could see an arm coming out (of the car window) and the guy shooting at the house.”

Police initially received a call for shots fired in the 800 block of Ohio Avenue and then another call for shots in the same area of Hemlock Alley.

Police said a male wearing a hooded sweatshirt was seen running toward Michigan Avenue after the shooting and getting into a Pontiac, which fled the area. Clairton police later stopped the vehicle and took the two suspects into custody.

A third person in the vehicle not believed to have been involved with the shooting was questioned and released by investigators.

The male suspect, who police say was a passenger in the vehicle, is charged with discharging a firearm into an occupied structure, carrying a firearm without a license, criminal attempt at aggravated assault, reckless endangerment of another person, possession of a firearm by a minor, possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver. He was taken to Allegheny County Jail.

The female suspect, who police say was driving the car, has charges pending in juvenile court.

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