54-year-old man killed in Knoxville home invasion ID'd

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PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh police said a 54-year-old man was fatally shot in a reported home invasion early Friday morning in the city’s Knoxville neighborhood.

Officers were called to the home on Zara Street at 4:25 a.m. Friday where they found Roger Griffin unresponsive with several wounds to his upper body in the kitchen.

Griffin was pronounced dead about a half-hour later at UPMC Mercy hospital.

Police haven't released a motive for the shooting, or any information about possible suspects.

“At this time, detectives are in the process of gathering evidence, rounding up witnesses, transporting them and getting statements from them,” Pittsburgh police Sgt. Stephen Matakovich said. “The investigation is ongoing.”

Dan Sexton, who said he was a friend of Griffin, said he was sleeping when the shooting happened.

“He was a good guy. This neighborhood is so horrible. He didn’t deserve this,” Sexton said.

Neighbors who live near the house told Channel 11’s Lori Houy that the house “is trouble” and that there have been shootings there before.

“I don’t come out at night. I go out in the morning and then I’m back in my house. That’s it,” Knoxville resident Felicia Williams said.

Police said they believe several people live in the house, likely as squatters.

The shooting remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.