Pittsburgh ‘active gunman’: Cops warn residents to stay away from residential areas as ‘HUNDREDS of shots were fired’
- Residents were told to avoid the 4800 block of Broad Street and N. Mathilda Street in Garfield, Pittsburgh
- Sheriff’s deputies attempted to serve an eviction notice, but as they approached the property, the resident opened fire
Pittsburgh is in the midst of an “extremely” active gunfight, with “hundreds” of shots being fired down a residential street.
Residents were told to avoid the 4800 block of Broad Street and N. Mathilda Street in Garfield, Pittsburgh and stay away from windows as bullets continue to be fired.
Several SWAT teams are at the scene – and the gunman is said to have barricaded himself in a house after cops tried to serve him an eviction order.
Police issued an urgent alert this morning: ‘This is an extremely active situation with continued shooting.’ Please avoid the area at this time.’
According to CBS, sheriff’s deputies tried to serve an eviction notice — but as they approached the property, the resident opened fire.
Witnesses said that after police knocked on the door to speak to the person inside, they used a sledgehammer to get in. At this point the shots started.
Video taken at the scene showed several police cars surrounding the residential street while at least 15 gunshots were fired in the background. Police issued an urgent alert this morning: “This is an extremely active situation with gunfire continuing.” Please avoid the area at this time.
The ordeal ended in a shootout in which “hundreds” of shots were fired.
According to initial reports, some MPs have run out of ammunition. Others were injured during the standoff.
About a dozen Pittsburgh SWAT officers were seen arriving at the scene and preparing to confront the shooter.
The ordeal takes place not far from St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery and UPMC Children’s Hospital.
Video taken at the scene showed several police cars circling the residential street while at least 20 gunshots were fired in the background.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a neighbor said he heard hundreds of gunshots when the shooting began — and there have been hundreds of gunshots since.
Residents were told to avoid the 4800 block of Broad Street and N. Mathilda Street in Garfield, Pittsburgh
He immediately landed on the floor in his living room as police told people to stay away from windows.
Chris Wilkinson, who is visiting family in the area, told CBS, “In the beginning, all we heard was the police.” They knocked on the door where the shooting took place.
“They banged on it and told him they were there.” And after a few minutes they started kicking in the door, but after a few tries they couldn’t.
“Then they got a sledgehammer and broke down the door, and after that shots started being fired.” I was really nervous and it’s really sad what’s happening.
“You think you can be safe here, but given what’s happening, you can’t.”
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