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Teen charged with firing shots outside North Shore hotel in broad daylight

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh police are investigating after shots were fired on Pittsburgh’s North Shore Sunday morning.

“I hear like 10 to 15 shots let off and I look over and it’s the two people I just rode down on the elevator with,” said witness Jamal Harden.

It was broad daylight, according to police, when multiple shots were fired near the Marriot Springhill Suites.

Sincere Kimbrough, 16, confessed to leaving the hotel and then firing approximately 17 rounds toward the parking lot at another juvenile, according to court documents.

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Shattered car windows mark the spot where police say multiple shots were fired.

“When Zone 1 officers showed up they did not find any victims but they did find a crime scene with multiple cars that had been shot and multiple casings in the parking lot behind me,” said Pittsburgh Public Safety public information officer Chris Togneri.

Kimbrough was arrested at the scene and court documents say he admitted to firing the shots with a gun he stole from his grandmother.

He told investigators he was leaving the hotel with a friend -- when that friend spotted someone who he claimed had shot at him in the past, according to court documents.

Crime scene investigators were on the scene for several hours after, collecting evidence and talking to witnesses.

“When I came outside to smoke a cigarette, I saw two verbal arguments and the guy reached for a pistol and opened fire on each other,” said witness Tyrone Layne.

Investigators don’t believe anyone was hurt, but people in the area say it’s still a shock.

“It’s really close. We live in the cultural district. We’re down here once, twice a day and you know when the pirates are in town try to watch them, but yeah it was kind of scary how close we are. It’s a nice area of town,” said Jon Stapchuck who lives nearby.

According to court documents, Kimbrough’s mother was with him when the incident happened.