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Man charged in shooting of Pittsburgh U-Haul employee, police chase on Route 28

PITTSBURGH — A Pittsburgh man is now charged after an employee at a U-Haul facility in the Larimer neighborhood was shot in the neck and he allegedly took off in a U-Haul truck before being arrested along Route. 28, according to police.

The shooting happened at the U-Haul rental store on Washington Boulevard around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The employee was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Police said they were able to find the suspect, Braijon Burton, 21, of Garfield, fleeing in a U-Haul truck on Route 28. During a brief pursuit, Burton fired a weapon at another vehicle, police said.

A police vehicle was hit during the chase and an officer suffered a minor leg injury as a result.

The chase ended near the 31st Street Bridge when the U-Haul truck was damaged. Burton was then taken into custody.

An employee told Channel 11 that the Burton wanted to rent a vehicle and became upset.

“The dude wanted a truck for too long. We couldn’t give it to him. He was mad about it. So he shot my coworker and ran off with the truck,” the employee said.

Burton is facing a long list of charges including criminal attempt homicide, aggravated assault, and robbery of a motor vehicle.

Burton is currently in the Allegheny County Jail.