Shooting during basketball game in East Liberty wounds at least 2 men

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PITTSBURGH - At least two men were shot Friday night during a pickup basketball game in East Liberty, Pittsburgh police said.

A third person who some witnesses said may have been shot was picked up by a vehicle that sped away following the shooting that occurred around 8:10 p.m. at the basketball court at the corner of Broad and North St. Clair streets, city Public Safety Department spokeswoman Sonya Toler said.

Toler said both victims were in stable condition. City paramedics told emergency dispatchers they were taking a 30-year-old man who had been shot in the back and an 18-year-old man who had been shot in the chest and flank to UPMC Presbyterian in Oakland.

“The shooting occurred during what appears to be a pickup basketball game,” Toler said.

She said preliminary reports were that some of those playing in the game shot at each other. Five spent shell casings were found at the scene, Toler said.

One resident of the nearby apartment complex, Lavette Wilson, 41, ran to help a young man she saw slumped against the bleachers.

“I stayed with him the whole time. I just put my hand on him, saying, ‘Don't get up. Just stay down.' He was calm. He never got excited. I told him to keep looking at me. I didn't want to lose him,” Wilson said.

Wilson said the other victim ran to a nearby apartment seeking help.

This article was written by Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE.