PITTSBURGH, PA (July 5, 2019) – Thousands of people gathered Downtown last night to watch the annual Fourth of July fireworks display.
After an early evening downpour, the skies cleared in time for the show over Point State Park.
As heavy crowds moved out of the downtown core after the finale, the evening was interrupted by shots fired in the 600 block of Penn Avenue near 7th Street just after 11:00 p.m.
Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Port Authority and Pennsylvania State Police officers patrolling the area were on scene immediately to find two males with gunshot wounds. Both victims were transported to local hospitals in critical condition by Pittsburgh EMS.
Police continue to investigate and are asking anyone who may have witnessed these shootings, or can provide any information, to please call Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Headquarters at (412) 323-7800.
In addition to this incident, Pittsburgh EMS responded to nine calls and conducted four hospital transfers.
Police made three arrests: two people for a domestic dispute, and one person for disorderly conduct (fighting).
The Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire did not receive to any fire calls for its units dedicated to the fireworks event.
City of Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich would like to thank all of our partner agencies including: Allegheny County Police, Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, Pennsylvania State Police, Port Authority, Coast Guard, State Park Rangers and everyone in Pittsburgh Public Safety.
Tonight, the City-County Building is illuminated to recognize Poison Prevention Week and the 50th Anniversary of "Mr. Yuk" in partnership with Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.
For questions about the lighting at the City-County Building, please reach out to the Office of the Mayor.