Woman, 60, shot while answering knock on door

Woman, 60, shot while answering knock on door

CLAIRTON, Pa. — A woman was shot at her home when she went to answer a knock on the door early Friday morning in Clairton, police said.

Police found the 60-year-old woman suffering from multiple gunshot wounds when they responded shortly before 4:30 a.m. to the home on Large Avenue.

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The woman was taken to a Pittsburgh hospital in critical condition, but she is expected to survive, police said.

Investigators said there was knock on the woman’s door, and as she approached the door, she was struck by shots fired through it.

Another person who was inside the home with the woman returned gunfire, but there have not been any reports of other injuries, according to police.


Police said they do not believe the woman was the intended target.

"There has apparently been an ongoing feud between two of the families in that area. It's quite possible that someone inside the house may have returned fire," Allegheny County Police Lt. Andrew Schurman said.

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

A similar incident happened Monday in Rankin. A man died after he was shot while answering a knock on his door.

Police said they do not believe the two incidents are related.

"The motive for the Rankin shooting does not appear to be drug or gang related. More likely a domestic situation," Schurman said.