15-year-old boy charged in Kennywood shooting; police say they’re looking for second shooter

ALLEGHENY COUNTY, Pa. — Allegheny County police announced the arrest of a 15-year-old boy and said they are now looking for a second shooter in the Kennywood shooting.

Darryl Pirl will be charged as an adult and is facing two charges of aggravated assault, firearms not to be carried without a license, possession of a firearm by a minor and recklessly endangering another person.

On Saturday night, Sept. 24, three people were shot inside the park in the “Lost Kennywood” section by the “Musik Express” ride -- Pirl, a 39-year-old man and another 15-year-old boy.

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According to court paperwork, Pirl was grazed in the leg with a bullet but ran before police got there. He was driven to the hospital by private means nearly two hours later.

The hospital staff collected his clothes as evidence and swabbed his hands. Police say Pirl had gunshot residue on his hands and on the inside and outside of his clothing, indicating he fired the gun from underneath his shirt. He also had bullet holes in his shirt, but no wounds to his upper body which medical staff found to be odd.

Police said that based on evidence, two different guns were fired during the incident and that they are still looking for a second shooter, who they say is likely a juvenile.

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Police say this shooting appears to be linked to an ongoing feud between teens in the Mon Valley that has led to more than 55 different shooting investigations, including one that took the life of a teenage girl in Duquesne.

We asked county police how the gun got into Kennywood. They said they’re not ruling out the possibility it was thrown over the fence at the park or that it came into the park from a teen jumping over the fence.

Police say Pirl was on juvenile probation at the time of the shooting at Kennywood.

Following Thursday’s press conference, Kennywood tweeted the following statement:

County police are asking for cell phone video evidence or any tips. Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call the Allegheny County Police tip line at 1-833-ALL-TIPS (1-833-255-8477); callers can remain anonymous. The department can also be reached via its social media sites.


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