Teen dead after shooting at playground in McKees Rocks

MCKEES ROCKS, Pa. — A teen boy is dead after a shooting at a playground in McKees Rocks.

Allegheny County dispatchers say police and medics were called to the 900 block of Third Street, near Third Street Park, at 4:02 p.m. on Saturday.

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Police say they found a boy who had been shot multiple times when they arrived on the scene.

The boy was taken to a hospital where he later died.

He was identified by the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office as Ahsan Edwards, 15, of McKees Rocks.

Allegheny County Police said the shooter came from the street and fired at the teens who were just sitting at a table, talking.

“It seems that a bunch of teenagers were hanging out at the park when shots rang out,” said Lt. Nando Costa. “They get up to run from the gunfire and one of them gets hit.”

Lt. Costa said the teenage boy was shot in the chest multiple times.

“It’s sad. It’s really disheartening to hear how these kids, these babies, mothers and fathers are burying their kids,” said a mother who didn’t want to be identified.

Neighbors, including the mother of four, are fed up with the gun violence.

“Every time you turn around, it’s a friend; it’s a brother; it’s a cousin; it’s a sister; it’s an uncle,” the mother said. “Every time you turn around, it’s something going on around here. These kids can’t even come outside and play. They can’t come outside and walk. It’s always something every other day, and it just needs to stop.”

A newly formed task force in McKees Rocks is working to curb crime.

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A violence intervention team is going door to door talking to kids to try To prevent any retaliation. The mother, however, said parents need to be more involved.

“Check them phones; check their emails; check their Facebooks,” she said. “See what type of activity they are into because this should not be happening. Babies should not be out here getting killed.”

The teen was a Sto-Rox student, according to Superintendent Megan Marie Van Fossan. The school district will have counselors on hand next week.

There are no suspects in this case.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Allegheny County Police Department at 1-833-ALL-TIPS. Tips can be made anonymously.

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