15-year-old facing charges for alleged involvement in Swissvale shooting

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SWISSVALE, Pa. —

A 15-year-old boy was charged in connection with a drive-by shooting Friday afternoon in Swissvale.

According to a criminal complaint obtained by Channel 11’s news exchange partners at the Tribune-Review, Michael Copeland was one of several people in a vehicle from which shots were fired on Woodstock Avenue.

The Tribune-Review reported that one man said he saw Copeland holding a semi-automatic pistol while sitting in the front passenger seat; he said the driver was holding a black revolver.

Authorities in Swissvale shared a description of the suspect vehicle with nearby boroughs, which then assisted in the search. Eventually, the car was spotted by an Allegheny County Sheriff's deputy and a brief chase ensued.

Channel 11 News was present when police took two people into custody on the Homestead side of the Rankin Bridge. Police subsequently confirmed that three other people were also apprehended.

Copeland is facing charges, including attempted homicide and aggravated assault.

Channel 11's news exchange partners at TribLIVE contributed to this report.