KINLOCH, Pa. — Three people were hurt and a man was arrested after shots rang out around 6 p.m. Saturday inside the Kinloch Fire Hall during an event there.
Lower Burrell Police responded to an emergency call for an active shooter and when officers got there, police said the shooter was leaving the building and was arrested.
He was identified as Isiah Hampton, 25, of Arnold, who is the father-to-be of the child for which the baby shower was being thrown.
Two of the people shot were taken to Allegheny County General Hospital and one was taken to Forbes Hospital in Monroeville.
The shooting victims were identified as a 23-year-old man, a 19-year-old woman and a 16-year-old boy. None of their injuries are life-threatening.
One was shot unintentionally as others tried to take the gun from Hampton’s hand, police said.
The shooting happened after a family squabble got out of hand, according to police, who said the suspect pulled out a 9mm handgun and shot the three people in front of a crowd of 30 people at the baby shower for his unborn baby.
According to the criminal complaint, the argument was over transporting gifts.
“He didn’t want to put my baby stuff in the back of the car. That’s what the argument was about. It was the stupidest little argument,” Kaylee Hank said about Hampton. “I don’t want him in prison when I have my daughter. I don’t. I want my daughter with my baby’s dad. I want her with him. I don’t even have a name picked out for her. It really just tears me apart that I can’t talk to him.”
Hank is Hampton’s girlfriend and said she never dreamed her baby shower would end this way.
Court papers said the argument escalated, a woman slapped Hampton in the face, he pushed her to the ground and that’s when other people at the party intervened. Hank said that’s exactly how it happened.
“I understand where she is coming from, where she is sticking up for me. They could’ve just talked it out but she just had to run over and punch him in the face. I think that ‘Zay’ thought that everybody was going to get off of him was if he started shooting rounds of his gun,” Hank said.
Her two brothers were two of the victims.
Hampton was charged with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment — and is being held in the Westmoreland County Prison, unable to post bond of $250,000.
Hampton is scheduled to be in court for his preliminary hearing on Sept. 28.