Pittsburgh Bureau of Police homicide detectives have charged two Overbrook men involved in a shooting in downtown Pittsburgh in the 300 block of Fifth Avenue on Friday, April 5.
Hassan Howze, 22, was charged with aggravated assault and criminal conspiracy. Antonio Peterson, 24, is charged with aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy and carrying a concealed firearm without a license.
Mr. Howze and Mr. Peterson left a downtown business and walked to the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Smithfield Street when they encountered the victim, a 22 year-old man from Bellevue. An altercation ensued between the three men, who knew each other.
The victim walked away on Fifth Avenue toward the intersection of Wood Street. Mr. Howze and Mr. Peterson followed the victim and engaged him in a physical altercation on the sidewalk in front of the Capital Grille, 301 Fifth Avenue.
During the altercation, which spilled over into the street, Mr. Howze pulled out a .40 caliber handgun and shot the victim in the shoulder. The victim managed to wrestle the firearm from Mr. Howze and shot him once in the upper rear leg.
Allegheny County Sheriff’s Sergeant Kevin Faulds was on patrol and he pulled up during the shooting in the street and was able to take all three men into custody.
He also recovered the .40 caliber pistol and another handgun, a .32 caliber pistol, on the ground where the men were taken into custody. An off-duty Pittsburgh police detective happened to be eating at the Capital Grille and assisted Sergeant Faulds with the three men until additional police units arrived.
The victim was transported to UPMC Mercy Hospital and was later released after being treated for the shoulder wound. Mr. Howze was transported to Allegheny General Hospital where he remains in serious condition with a groin wound. Mr. Peterson was taken first to the Pittsburgh Homicide office and then subsequently transported to Allegheny General Hospital to be treated for injuries sustained during the fight.
The victim was questioned at police headquarters and he has been released to his family.
Investigators collected videotape evidence from the area that captured the events of the incident. Police also conducted numerous witness interviews at the scene and at headquarters with many of the pedestrians and motorists in the immediate area at the time of the incident.