Penn Hills shooting may be linked to fast-food run



PENN HILLS, Pa. - Police have made five arrests in connection with a fatal shooting Friday night in Penn Hills that may have started with a fast-food run.

Authorities said officers were dispatched to a shooting at a home on Westwood Road. During their investigation, police discovered that two victims had been brought to local hospitals by a personal vehicle.

Kwasi Prince, 21, sustained a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the stomach, police said, while Brandon Stokes, 21, sustained a gunshot wound to the chest. He later died from his injuries.

Ronald Riviere, 22, was arrested and charged with the criminal homicide of Stokes, aggravated assault and a firearms violation. Witnesses told investigators that Riviere reached for either money or his car keys for a fast-food run when his handgun fired.

The police report said a warrant was then issued for Riviere’s arrest. He was taken into custody at a home on Havana Drive in Plum.

According to the police report, a search warrant was obtained for the Havana Drive home. Once inside, officers found a large quantity of marijuana, cash and five guns -- two of which were stolen, the report states.

Prince was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and receiving stolen property.

Three men, 34-year-old Michael Siddo, 38-year-old Michael Josephs, and 37-year-old Tarique Smith, were arrested and charged with numerous violations to include possession of drugs with intent to deliver, various firearms violations, and conspiracy to distribute the drugs.

It was later determined that Tarique Smith, who had given police a false identification, is a fugitive from justice out of the state of New York.