Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey reacts to the North Side mass shooting: 10 shot, 2 dead, 5 other injuries


PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey is responding to the tragic Easter Sunday mass shooting on the North Side.

Mayor Gainey, who is quarantining at home after being diagnosed with COVID-19 on Friday, issued the following statement:

“First and foremost, our hearts and our prayers go out to the victims’ families, their loved ones, and our entire city today. Thank you to our first responders, our public safety officials, and to all the hospital and EMS workers providing care to the victims.

We are using all available resources to find those responsible for this incident. Thank you to the community members who have already reached out with their information, and if you know something, say something - please call Major Crimes at 412-323-7161.

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At least 10 gunshot victims, two lives lost, and hundreds of lives forever changed, because we have yet to pass meaningful legislation to lessen the amount of guns in our streets or provide the much-needed resources to communities desperately need. The time is now for us to move with a sense of urgency to bring justice to the victims and peace to our city.

We have been working on our approach to address gun violence in our city over the past several weeks. Now we will be calling a meeting with public safety and key community leaders to introduce our All In Citywide approach to public safety to get their feedback so we can build a path forward together.

It is critical that we come together now to help reduce the violence currently happening while we begin to do the long-term work of ending the culture of violence that is enabling the senseless loss of life we are experiencing today.

We must say no more and never again.”

Pittsburgh City Councilman Bobby Wilson, who represents District 1 which covers the North Side, also issued a statement on the shooting:

“The mass shooting that occurred last night at an Airbnb party in East Deutschtown does not reflect that neighborhood at all. I’m working with community leaders, the Pittsburgh Police, and the Office of Mayor Ed Gainey to find out what happened and bring those responsible to justice. For now, my thoughts go out to the loved ones of all the victims of this shooting.”

Pittsburgh Police say they received multiple ShotSpotter alerts just after 12:30 a.m. in the 800 block of Suismon Street.

When police arrived in the area, more shots were being fired and several young people were running on foot and leaving in cars from an Airbnb property at Suismon Street and Madison Avenue.

Police say a large party was happening at the Airbnb with as many as 200 people in attendance. Police say many of the attendees were underage.

As many as 50 shots were fired inside the house and around 50 more shots were fired outside the house, police say.