PITTSBURGH — A man was found shot along the riverwalk near the Rachel Carson Bridge in Downtown Pittsburgh Friday afternoon.
Pittsburgh police said they were in the area of 9th Street and Fort Duquesne Boulevard around noon when they found the man who had been shot in the leg.
He was taken to a local hospital in stable condition.
Court documents say that 26-year-old Dremajjae Reddix has been arrested in relation to the shooting.
Officers spoke with witnesses after the incident who described the shooter as a Black man with no shirt on, black sweatpants with white thermal plants and blue boxer shorts. A witness also said the shooter had tattoos on his face.
Police shared this description with Pittsburgh Regional Transit, who informed bus drivers to be on the lookout for the suspect. One driver alerted police that someone matching the description was being dropped off near East Ohio Street.
Officers who were patrolling the area located Reddix and approached him. Police said he matched the description given by witnesses. Court documents said that a woman with Reddix tried to throw away a handgun wrapped in a shirt as they were detaining him.
According to police, witnesses told them that Reddix shot the victim after he claimed he had stolen drugs from him.
Reddix is being charged with aggravated assault and several other charges for possessing a gun he was not allowed to have.
The shooting happened right across the street from Pittsburgh CAPA, a Pittsburgh Public School. The district said it was not put on lockdown.
“I was appalled - and this is just the beginning of the Labor Day holiday,” said Edward S. Lee Jr. from Brighton Heights.
Lee is a Vietnam Veteran, and the violence in the city strikes a nerve with him as a result.
“I don’t like to carry my weapon because I don’t want to hurt anyone. I’ve seen a lot of death in my life,” said Lee.
The veteran says this is a reminder for everyone to be aware of their surroundings.
“I have a saying, keep your head on a swivel. My senses are very keen, we learned that in the military to stay alive,” said Lee.
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