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Pittsburgh police responded to the noise nuisance 90 minutes before the mass shooting

Pittsburgh police had visited the scene of Sunday’s deadly mass shooting at an Airbnb rental about 90 minutes before gunfire erupted over a noise complaint call, a report said.

Surveillance footage from a neighbor of the Northside residence appeared to show partygoers and a police vehicle exiting the home around 11 p.m., the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. Police confirmed that a neighbor had filed a noise complaint about the underage party.

An hour and a half later, about 90 shots were fired in the crowded home and surrounding streets of the neighborhood known to locals as Deutschtown.

Two 17-year-old teenagers were fatally shot and eight others were injured by gunfire.

Five other victims were injured in the chaotic aftermath of the shooting as people fled for their lives, jumping from windows and suffering broken bones and lacerations.

The officer who responded to the noise complaint knocked on the door of the home and was greeted by a man coming down the stairs, the Post-Gazette reported. The officer asked the unidentified man to turn down the music and he complied.

Before the officer left, he told the man that if he had to return on another complaint, he would have to close the party. The policeman left the house without filing a complaint.

Pittsburgh Criminal Investigation Department investigators gather outside the short term rental property, rear where a shooting took place at a house party early Sunday morning, April 17, 2022. The shooting took place around 12:30 a.m. during a short-term party at the rental property that housed more than 200 people -- many of them minors, Pittsburgh police said in a news release.
Pittsburgh police responded to a noise complaint at a house party about 90 minutes before a mass shooting began.
AP/Gen J. Puskar
Blinds hang from a shot out window on the second floor of the short-term lease property where a shooting took place early Sunday morning, April 17, 2022, in Pittsburgh, police say.
The shooting happened around 12:30 a.m., killing two teenagers and injuring eight others.
AP/Gen J. Puskar

Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert said no suspects had been identified as of Monday, due in part to the sheer number of people at the party.

The teenagers killed were identified by the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office as Matthew Steffy-Ross of Pitcairn and Jaiden Brown. Both were pronounced dead at the hospital.

Brown was a senior at Woodland Hills High School, the school confirmed. In a letter to the school community, Acting Superintendent Daniel Catagna said the school – which had ended the Easter holidays – would be offering counseling services to students and staff.

A shoe is seen outside an Airbnb apartment along Suismon Street on April 17, 2022.
The Pittsburgh police officer who responded to the noise disturbance did not provide a report of his visit.
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“Let’s exercise patience during this difficult time and be the example our students and families need right now,” he urged district teachers. “Violence affects students at every level and in every building, so tomorrow they need us more than ever.”

Steffy-Ross was a student at Grace Non Traditional Christian Academy, the school confirmed to the Post Gazette. He had attended the school, which provides education and career planning to vulnerable populations, just two months before his death.

In a statement following the Easter violence, Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey called for action as “our hearts and prayers go out to the families of the victims, their loved ones and our entire city…”

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 17: Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert describes the chaos outside an Airbnb condo rental along Suismon Street on April 17, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert said no suspects had been identified, due in part to the sheer number of people at the party.
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“It is critical that we come together now to help reduce the violence that is taking place now, as we begin the long-term work to end the culture of violence that enables the senseless loss of life we ​​are witnessing today,” he wrote.

Neighbor Mitchell Wilston, 30, who used his security cameras to capture the officer who responded to the noise complaint, described the party to the newspaper as “chaos” and full of underage children.

The Easter morning shooting is the worst since the Tree of Life synagogue massacre in 2018, which killed 11 worshipers.

This is the short-term lease property where a shooting occurred early Sunday morning, April 17, 2022 at a house party in Pittsburgh, according to police.
Police said about 90 shots were fired in the crowded home and surrounding neighborhood streets.
AP/Gen J. Puskar

https://nypost.com/2022/04/18/pittsburgh-cops-responded-to-noise-complaint-90-minutes-before-mass-shooting/ Pittsburgh police responded to the noise nuisance 90 minutes before the mass shooting

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