• 4 men shot while playing dice; 19-year-old killed


    PITTSBURGH - Authorities continue investigating after shots fired at a group of men playing dice left one dead and three others injured Saturday night in Pittsburgh’s Fairywood neighborhood.

    The shooting happened about 10 p.m. in the 400 block of West Prospect Avenue, killing 19-year-old Kason Barnes, of Chartiers City, according to the medical examiner.


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    Police spokeswoman Sonya Toler said the four men were outside when two vehicles drove down the street. At least two people got out of the vehicles, a gold minivan and a silver car, and fired multiple shots.

    Barnes was shot in the head and left shoulder, Toler said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

    A 22-year-old man from Fairywood suffered a minor gunshot wound to a hand.

    Two other men, both 20 years old, were taken to area hospitals by private means, Toler said. One, from the Hill District, was shot in the legs and side; the other, from Sheraden, had a minor gunshot wound to his leg.

    The surviving victims were all last listed in stable condition, according to Toler.

    “Everything was quiet for quite a long time,” Christine Carioto said. “All of us neighbors are nice. We keep to ourselves and help each other out as much as we can.”

    Friends and family held a memorial for Barnes Sunday evening.

    “It seems like, just within the year, it seemed like things started picking up and getting worse,” Carioto said.

    Homicide detectives continue to investigate.

    “It’s scary knowing that that’s right down the street and you can’t let your child out to enjoy the weather because he might be caught in the crossfire,” Carioto said.

    Anyone with information on the shooting is urged to contact police.

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