16-year-old girl hurt in double shooting was innocent bystander, police say

2 nights of gun violence in McKees Rocks has community on edge

McKEES ROCKS, Pa. — Two people -- including a 16-year-old girl who was an innocent bystander -- were hospitalized after a shooting late Wednesday night in McKees Rocks, officials said.

Wednesday night's shooting happened near building 16 of the Hays Manor housing complex on Bell Avenue.

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In addition to the 16-year-old girl, a 23-year-old man was shot, police said. The man was shot in the lower left leg, and the teenager was shot in the right ankle, right thigh and left thigh.

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The man was picked up by a passerby and taken to a hospital, authorities said. The girl was taken to a hospital via ambulance.

Neither of the victims' injuries are considered life-threatening.

Investigators said the man was riding his bicycle and the girl was walking in the area when the shooter, who has not been identified, started firing from near dumpsters.


At least a dozen evidence markers were placed at the scene by investigators. The bicycle was seen laying on the ground.

It is believed the 23-year-old was the target of the shooting, police said.

Tuesday and Wednesday's shootings might be connected, according to investigators.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Allegheny County Police tip line at 1-833-255-8477.