Saturday, November 20, 2010

Violence During Light Up Night

The 50th anniversary of Light Up Night was marred last night in downtown Pittsburgh by a shooting and several fights. Pittsburgh Police say a man in his 20's was shot in the groin at 7th Avenue and Smithfield Street. He as reported in stable condition at UPMC Mercy.
Police searched for a suspect and witnesses while trying to direct people away from the scene, but a series of fights then broke out in several locations nearby. Officers were called from all over the city to respond with the help of K-9 units. Pepper spray was used. Police spokesman Diane Richard said four juveniles were cited for disorderly conduct and the crowds were dispersed in just over an hour.

Light Up activities continue today with more concerts, stage shows and at 5 o'clock a horse-drawn candlelight carriage parade.

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