Tuesday, September 11, 2012

City police working to crack unsolved homicides - WTAE Pittsburgh

City police working to crack unsolved homicides

PITTSBURGH â€"

The message on yard signs posted in Pittsburgh’s Hill District neighborhood are loud and clear -- “Stop shooting. We love you” -- but the violence has been felt throughout most of the city this summer.

Pittsburgh has had 32 homicides so far in 2012, down from 33 at the same time last year.

"An argument turns deadly because one of them has a gun and frankly, doesn't have the skills to resolve a conflict without attacking another person,” said Pittsburgh Police Cmdr. Thomas Stangrecki.

Fourteen homicides remain unsolved and under investigation, including the death of local jazz musician LeRoy K. Wofford.

Wofford, 59, was shot in the chest when two people walked onto the porch of his Lincoln-Lemington home and fired shots at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

He was taken to the hospital, where he died on Sunday.

Also unsolved is the death of 74-year-old Lawrence Andrews in the city’s Allentown neighborhood.

Police said Andrews was found unconscious and on the ground in the 700 block of East Warrington Avenue in the city's Allentown neighborhood on Aug. 15.

He regained consciousness, but died Sept. 3

“Our detectives are working very hard to get these guys off the street,” said Stangrecki. “It takes a lot of investigation before we can find out the motivation.”

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