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UPDATE: Police Make Arrest in Brighton Heights Shooting Death

Date: November 9, 2020
Incident Type: Homicide
Location: Zone 1

UPDATE (Nov. 11 at 12:40 p.m.): Police have made an arrest in this case. Laron Smith, 24, of the North Side was taken into custody by SWAT officers early today on the 2800 block of Breker Street. He is charged with criminal homicide and guns violations. 

Note: A previous version misspelled the name of the street. The street, Breker Street, is now correct.

ORIGINAL POST: Pittsburgh Bureau of Police officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert near the intersection of Brighton Road and Davis Avenue around 3:30 p.m.

Zone 1 officers found a male down in the street with multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body. Officers immediately began CPR on the victim, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Violent Crime Unit detectives and the Crime Scene Unit responded. Possible witnesses are being interviewed. There are no arrests at this time but the investigation is active and ongoing.

Anyone with information on this shooting is asked to call VCU detectives at (412) 323-7161.

Reporting PIO:
Chris Togneri