Landscaping Crew Member Shot, Killed In Penn Hills – CBS Pittsburgh

PENN HILLS, Pennsylvania (KDKA) – Police said a 24-year-old man who was part of a landscaping business in Penn Hills was shot dead Tuesday morning.

Neighbors say that KDKA children just got on the school bus when they heard at least nine shots.

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“I was in my car when I got back from stores and heard a lot of gunshots, so I ducked into the car,” said Greg Franklin, who lives nearby.

Allegheny County Police say first responders found the victim, identified by the coroner as Robert Higginbotham, dead with multiple gunshot wounds in block 7700 of Mount Carmel Road.

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“The young man was still alive when I got up there, he was shot nine times trying to crawl out of the truck and we said, ‘Don’t move him’. So I went to the fire department, ”said Franklin.

When Homicide detectives opened an investigation, Faybern Drive in Mt. Carmel Road was closed.

Detectives went door to door trying to get information from neighbors. Police say witnesses described the suspect as a black man wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans. He ran to Mount Carmel Cemetery, police say.

“Witnesses said the victim was in the truck and the suspect was going down there, some words may have been exchanged. We are still working to clear this up and the suspect shot through the window of the truck and hit the victim, ”said LT. Venerando Costa with the Allegheny County Police Department.

Costa told KDKA that the shooting was targeted and the shooter was looking for the victim.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Allegheny County Police Department.

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