HAZELWOOD, Pa. - Homicide detectives are working to determine if two separate shootings overnight in the city's Hazelwood section, one of which was fatal, are connected.
Authorities told Channel 11's Shelby Zarotney that the first shooting was reported in the 600 block of Johnston Avenue just before 1:30 a.m. While en route, another call came out for a man shot in the lobby of a residence in the 900 block of Roselle Court.
Through their investigation, police learned that a man heard someone trying to open the screen door to his room, so he yelled. The victim told police that whoever was at his door ran away, so he ran to the front lobby of the building to try to catch whoever was at his door.
The victim told police that as he stood outside his Roselle Court residence, he saw several shadows across the way on Johnston Avenue. He then heard multiple shots fired and realized he was shot in the face.
The 45-year-old victim, whose name hasn’t been released, was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the cheek and ear.
Investigators said security footage from the building confirmed that the victim ran outside at 1:23 a.m. and back inside at 1:24 a.m.
A short time later, officers were called to the report of a male victim shot in the chest on Winston Avenue.
Upon arrival, officers found 20-year-old Jamil Lloyd-El lying outside with another man applying a towel to his chest area. The owner of the house, Tony Gillcrese, told police that his doorbell rang and when she opened it Lloyd-El was lying on the porch.
“There was blood here and they put him this way, his head was here,” Gillcrese said. “My stepson applied pressure to the wounds before medics showed up.”
Lloyd-El was rushed to UPMC Mercy Hospital where he was pronounced dead about 2:30 a.m.