• 16-year-old daughter of woman fatally shot in West Mifflin was home during shooting


    Police said on Friday that they learned 65-year-old Loretta Jackson’s 16-year-old daughter was home when Jackson was shot and killed Thursday morning during a home invasion in West Mifflin.

    The teenage daughter was, in fact, the one who called 911 at about 4 a.m. Thursday morning, according to police.

    Officers said they were dispatched to Jackson’s home on Patton Avenue when the burglary alarm went off just before 6 a.m. When officers arrived at the home, they said they found signs of forced entrance and Jackson with multiple gunshot wounds in her bedroom.

    Jackson’s relatives from Ohio arrived in West Mifflin Thursday to meet police and begin the task of planning Jackson’s funeral.

    “Obviously, we are in shock. “If this were your family, I'm sure you would think the same thing,” said Darryl Mapson, Jackson’s nephew.

    Allegheny County police detectives said they arrived in West Mifflin around noon on Thursday to update the family, but for now, there are no named suspects and no arrests.

    Jackson’s landlord, Georgia Hvasta, said she grew up in the house on Patton Avenue, and with no arrest, she is even afraid of being there.

    “Say one of us moves in there, who is to say the person who did this knows the house now? It’s scary. Yes, very much so,” said Hvasta.

    The Allegheny County Homicide Unit is investigating, and anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact police.

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